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Kevin Hart Steps Down As Host For 2019 Oscars

Kevin Hart Steps Down As Host For 2019 Oscars

by | 7th December 2018

Kevin Hart has stepped down as the host of the Academy Awards, just two days after he announced he would take on the job.

 

The comedian/actor’s decision was due to his past insensitive tweets towards the LGBTQ community where he expressed anti-gay sentiments and used homophobic terminology.

 

He was given the option by the Academy to apologize or be replaced.

 

Hart who is currently touring in Sydney, Australia posted an Instagram video, saying that he had refused a demand from the Academy to apologize. He said the Academy gave him an ultimatum: Apologize for his old tweets or step down as Oscars host.

 

“I passed. The reason I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up,” he said.

 

 

 

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I know who I am & so do the people closest to me. #LiveLoveLaugh

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In a tweet late Thursday, Hart officially withdrew from hosting the Oscars, a role he had long wanted to step into. He then apologised to the LGBTQ community for his “insensitive words from (his) past”. He tweeted:

 

 

 

He followed that tweet with another one saying:

 

 

 

The tweets causing the controversy included a 2011 tweet in which the comedian and movie star had written, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'” In another from 2010, Hart says someone’s profile pic looks “like a gay bill board for AIDS.” In another written in 2009, he called someone a “fat faced fag.”