Kevin Hart steps down from hosting the Oscars and apologizes for earlier homophobic tweets

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  • Several days after it was announced that he would host the 2019 Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has decided to step down.
  • In a tweet posted just after midnight on Friday, December 7, the comedian shared his decision to relinquish his hosting duties, after backlash over his past anti-LGBTQ tweets and his initial Instagram responses, which some critics called unsatisfactory.
  • “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

Several days after it was announced that he would host the 2019 Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has decided to step down.

In a tweet posted just after midnight on Friday, December 7, the comedian tweeted his decision to relinquish his hosting duties, which follows backlash against Hart over past anti-LGBTQ tweets, and his initial Instagram responses which some critics called unsatisfactory.

“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,” Hart tweeted. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

On Tuesday, Hart announced on Instagram that he was hosting the Oscars. Shortly after, Benjamin Lee, an editor at The Guardian, wrote a piece on Wednesday saying, “Hart has a rather vile history of documented homophobia, ranging from offensive stand up clangers to dumb interview statements to puerile tweets to a whole embarrassing film filled with it.”

Some of the tweets included using the word “f–” and using “gay” as a pejorative.

“I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets ????????????,” Lee tweeted.

On Thursday, BuzzFeed News reported that some of the tweets were missing from Hart’s feed.

Read more: Kevin Hart deleted his tweets with homophobic slurs after being announced as the next Oscars host.

“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,'” read one of the allegedly deleted tweets.

The backlash against the tweets was swift, and Hart’s initial responses on Instagram, which did not include an apology, further exacerbated the angry response.

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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

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Comedian Billy Eichner responded to Hart’s Instagrams asking for “a simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse.”

After the apology and announcement that Hart would no longer host, Eichner tweeted that he appreciated the gesture. “And apology accepted. That’s all.”