Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars After Receiving Backlash for Homophobic Comments

Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars After Receiving Backlash for Homophobic Comments

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Earlier this week, it was revealed that Kevin Hart would serve as host for the 91st annual Academy Awards. Then, about as quickly as the news spread, Hart was facing heated backlash for old Tweets of his that had surfaced where he made some hurtful comments against the LGBTQ community.

“So, I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ‘Kevin apologize for your tweets… or we’re going to have to move on and find another host,’” he said in a video posted to his Instagram.

“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 space in my life. The same energy that went into finding those old tweets could be the same energy put into finding the responses to the questions that have been asked years after years. We’re feeding the internet trolls and we reward them. I’m not going to do it, man. I’m going to be me and stand my ground,” he said.

Shortly after he posted the video, Kevin announced that he had made the choice to “step down” from this year’s Oscars.

“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 said.

He went on to apologize to anyone who was hurt by his comments, saying he’s continuing to grow as a person. “I’m sorry that I hurt people…I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

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