Kevin Hart Resigns as Oscars Host After Furor Over Anti-Gay Tweets

Kevin Hart Resigns as Oscars Host After Furor Over Anti-Gay Tweets

Kevin Hart introduced on Friday morning that he was stepping down from internet hosting this 12 months’s Oscars ceremony after backlash over a string of previous tweets that had been homophobic.

“I’ve made the selection to step down from internet hosting this 12 months’s Oscar’s,” Hart tweeted. “It’s because I don’t need to be a distraction on an evening that ought to be celebrated by so many superb gifted artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ group for my insensitive phrases from my previous.”

The apology comes hours after he posted an Instagram video, through which he stated he refused to apologize for the tweets as a result of he spoke about related jokes previously.

“I handed on the apology. The rationale why I handed is as a result of I’ve addressed this a number of occasions.” – Kevin Hart

“This isn’t the primary time this has come up,” Hart stated within the video. “I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve stated the place the rights and wrongs had been. I’ve stated who I’m now versus who I used to be then. I’ve finished it. I’ve finished it. I’m not going to proceed to return and faucet into the times of previous. After I’ve moved on, and I’m in a totally totally different house in my life. The identical vitality that went into discovering these previous tweets may very well be the identical vitality put into discovering the response to the questions which were requested years after years after years. We’re feeding the web trolls, and we reward them. I’m not going to do it, man. I’m going to be me and stand my floor.”

The comic was introduced as the host of the 91st Academy Awards earlier this week. After the reveal, a number of customers on social media dug up tweets to disqualify the consideration, which has change into a pattern of the platform.

In response to BuzzFeed Information, one in all them from 2011 learn, “Yo if my son comes dwelling & attempt’s 2 play with my daughters doll home I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘cease that’s homosexual.’”

A number of of the anti-gay tweets had been deleted, however others stay.  It’s famous that after Hart addressed his homophobic language in his stand-up routines in 2011, he stopped being offensive towards the LGBTQ group.

In one other video earlier than his apology, the Evening Faculty star stated, “My crew calls me: ‘Oh my god, Kevin the world is upset about tweets you wrote eight years in the past.’”

He added, “When you don’t consider folks change, develop, evolve as they grow old, then I don’t know what to inform you. If you wish to maintain folks ready the place they at all times should justify or clarify their previous, do you. I’m the incorrect man, man.”

There are not any particulars on who will change Hart however the 2019 Oscars will air February 24, 2019, at eight p.m. EST on ABC.

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