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Kevin Hart Steps Down from Hosting Oscars After Homophobic Tweets Resurface

December 6, 2018

By Erin Thibeau

Comedian Kevin Hart — who at first refused to apologize for resurfaced homophobic tweets despite an ultimatum from the Academy — has announced he will no longer host the 2019 Oscars.

"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 tweeted Thursday night.

Just earlier that day, the comedian had doubled down on his refusal to apologize for a history of homophobic comments and gay slurs, despite an ultimatum from the Academy. "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.”

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

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After the comedian deleted a number of the tweets in question he posted a defensive video. Hart asked those taking issue with his resurfaced tweets to "stop looking for reasons to be negative."

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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The tweets, as recent as 2011, had resurfaced after Hart said he would be hosting the 91st Annual Academy Awards in 2019. (Warning: explicit language below)

Back in a 2010 standup special, Hart did a bit about his fear of his then-three-year-old son turning out to be gay:

"One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will. Now with that being said, I don’t know if I handled my son’s first gay moment correctly. Every kid has a gay moment but when it happens, you’ve got to nip it in the bud!"

When asked about that joke in a 2015 interview, the comedian said he wouldn't tell that joke today because the times are more "sensitive," and "we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals."

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