Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting The Oscars
Just after it was announced that Kevin Hart has been tapped to host the 2019 Oscars, someone went and dug up a few old homophobic tweets.
After some backlash, Kevin took to social media to share that the Academy has asked him to apologize — but he’s refusing.
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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
According to Kevin, he’s already addressed the old tweets and doesn’t feel the need to do so again.
“So, I just got a call from the Academy,” Kevin said. “That call basically said ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or were going to have to move on and find another host.’ Talking about the tweets from 2009-2010 […] I passed on the apology.”
He did address old tweets in an interview from 2011 — and it really doesn’t seem like he’ll be apologizing for anything.
Just dug up the interview transcript, where Hart went on to discuss … not apologizing for tweets. pic.twitter.com/q3EQ7Ish78— Jonah Weiner (@jonahweiner) December 6, 2018
Update:Kevin has officially “stepped down” from hosting the Oscars. You can read his announcement below.
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.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
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.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018