Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars after his homophobic tweets from 2009 and 2011 resurfaced on Thursday. The popular actor and comedian has apologised to LGBTQ community for past ‘insensitive words’ and says he does not want ‘to be a distraction.’
This comes just two days after he announced he was hosting the 2019 Academy Awards. He tweets:
“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. 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.”
Hart lated shared a video on instagram that he would not continue apologising.
“I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason I chose to pass is because I’ve addressed this several times, this is not the first time this has come up, I’ve addressed this… 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,” he said.
“Regardless, Academy, I’m thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If it goes away no harm no foul.”
Here are some of his controversial tweets: