Kevin Hart Steps down as Oscars Host over Anti-Gay Tweets from 2009

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 91st Oscars following controversy over anti-gay tweets from about 10 years ago.

Hart had constantly addressed the comments, saying he’s now a changed man.

Following the backlash after his Wednesday announcement as host by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hart posted a video on Instagram, saying:

“My team calls me, ‘Oh my God, Kevin, everyone’s upset by tweets you did years ago’. Guys, I’m nearly 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify the past, do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.”

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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day

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People called him out, saying that wasn’t an apology.

Hours later, Hart posted another video, saying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had given him an ultimatum: apologise or they’ll find another host.

“I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different place in my life,” Kevin said in the video.

Later on the comedian posted a tweet saying he’s decided to step down. He then apologised to the LGBTQ community for his “insensitive words from (his) past”.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” he wrote.

 

 

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