Kevin Harts Steps Down As Oscars Host After Past Controversial Tweets Surface

December 7, 2018
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Three days ago, comedian Kevin Hart was announced as the host of the 91st Academy Awards.  Yesterday, Hart stepped down from what he called an "opportunity of a lifetime."

Old tweets of Hart's from 2010 that have been accused of being homophobic recently surfaced, prompting the decision made the Academy to issue an ultimatum to Hart, apologize or step down as host.  Obviously, Hart chose the latter.  He would eventually issue an apology.

He explained on Instagram that these old tweets have surfaced before, and he's addressed them before saying, "I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. Reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times.  This is not the first time this has come up.  I've addressed it.  I've spoken on it . I've said where the rights and wrongs were.  I've said who I am now versus who I was then.  I've done it.  I've done it."

I know who I am & so do the people closest to me. #LiveLoveLaugh

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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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Jamie Lee Curtis and Billy Eichner were among the most notable to call Hart out, with Curtis taking issue to Hart saying all he does is "spread positivity."

 

 

After refusing to intially apologize, despite the ultimatum from the Academy, Hart stepped down from his role as host, and eventually issued an apology to the LGBTQ community saying, "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."

 

 

Eichner plauded Hart's apology and decision to step down as host.

 

Well, guess the Academy has a little more work to do.

Via People