Kevin Hart Announces He’s Stepping Down as Oscars Host


As we reported, after he was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscars, the comedian quietly deleted tweets that many believe to be homophobic.

"I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all", he declared, once again disregarding the feelings and experiences of many in the LGBTQ community.

Kevin seemingly addressed the tweets in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, where he told Jonah Weiner, "I'd never apologize for what was never meant to be disrespectful - I'd never allow the public to win for something I know wasn't malicious".

Guardian editor Benjamin Lee posted on Wednesday screenshots of Hart's old tweets.

On Thursday afternoon, Hart took to Instagram to post a video and caption expressing his support for the real victim in all this: himself.

Hart responded to their ultimatum in an Instagram video in which he said he chose to "pass on the apology" because he had "addressed this several times". Wrong Eniko, I'm judging him right now. "I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren't necessarily big deals, because we can".

"I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time", Hart wrote on his Instagram page.

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Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act.

"Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, do what you want to do, but me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will, " Hart said.

"If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me", he writes. While Hart's words are hurtful and damaging, it's safe to say that comedians cross this line quite often. A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple, " Eichner said. I'm not gonna do it, man. On the surface it may not look like it.

On the 4th of December, Tuesday, the 39-year-old comedian said he would be at the helm of the Oscars next year.

The Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It's not the first time an Oscars host has been forced to answer for anti-gay remarks.

With the entertainment industry at the fore of societal change amongst the #MeToo era, having an Academy Awards host who not only has a past riddled with latent homophobia, but refuses to acknowledge or apologise for it, is a backwards step.