Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars, Apologizes to LGBTQ Community


Kevin Hart has announced he is stepping down as host of next year's Oscars ceremony following an outcry over perceived homophobic comments and tweets from the comedian.

Ultimately, Hart said that even hosting the Oscars wasn't enough to get him to back down on his stance, but seemed conciliatory in his final remarks directed toward the academy.

But in a tweet late on Thursday he said he had chosen to step down "because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many incredible talented artists".

He also offered an apology for the LGBTQ community for "my insensitive words from my past".

In light of the resurgence in accusations of bigotry, Hart has today posted a video on Instagram that can be pretty much summed up as "leave me alone, I don't give a shit".

After finding himself in a very precarious situation, Kevin Hart has responded to critics after being called out for deleting some old anti-LGBTQ tweets.

More news: Trump to name Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador tomorrow, reports say

Like in the above video, Hart refuses to apologize.

Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-2011.

It was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Hart would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards in February, but by Wednesday, a series of homophobic tweets from earlier this decade surfaced.

In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said "if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will". This is not the first time this has come up.

GLAAD, the gay rights advocacy organization, wrote on Twitter that they reached out to Hart, ABC Network and the Oscars to discuss the tweets. What hasn't happened is an apology - not even your typical statement of regret and an assurance of "that was me then, and I'm a different person now". NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all... with that being said if you want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. "We feed the internet trolls and we reward them".

Hart's defenders are few and far between with really only his wife stepping in to say that only God can judge him. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don't know what to tell you. I'm not going to do it, man. Ahead of the 2012 Academy Awards, producer Brett Ratner, who had been paired with host Eddie Murphy, resigned days after using a gay slur at a film screening.