Will step down from hosting 2019 Oscars, says comedian Kevin Hart

Will step down from hosting 2019 Oscars, says comedian Kevin Hart

The comedian has announced his decision to not host the Academy Awards ceremony amid past homophobic tweets he made.

The tweets, which have since been deleted, surfaced hours after the Academy confirmed that he would be hosting the 2019 Oscars slated for February 25 at the Dolby Theater, Los Angeles.

Hart, who starred in "Ride Along" and "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle", said he stepped down because he did not want to be a distraction during the event and that he apologised to the LGBTQ community.

In a post on Instagram at about 11 p.m. He also apologized for "hurting people".

Kevin Hart also had a pattern of calling people "fag" on Twitter, and at one point called someone "a gay bill board [sic] for AIDS" - all of which seems pretty intense for someone recently chosen to host the Academy Awards, which have always been a big to-do for the LGBTQ community.

"The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times".

"I swear man, our world is becoming beyond insane", begins Hart in his response.

The 2010 stand-up special is one of four shows that Kevin now has on the platform, and contains a story about him "wanting to prevent his son being gay". That's a fear. Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, be happy. "But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will". "Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men. R they pissing in urinals now?" he wrote in one August 2009 tweet. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart.

Kevin Hart will not host the 91st Academy Awards.

Declining to apologize, Hart explained, "We feed into the Internet trolls and we reward them, I'm not going to do it, man". 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.

Hart added: "Regardless, to the Academy, I'm thankful and appreciative of the opportunity". I'm nearly 40 years old and I am in love with the man I'm becoming.

A representative for the academy did not immediately respond to messages after Hart stepped down.

Hart responded to the backlash Thursday with a video, stating, "I swear, man. our world is becoming beyond insane". Months later, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office charged his former friend with using video evidence of Hart's affair to attempt to extort him.

"I'm not gonna hold that against him, I think he's a wonderful host", she said. "I'm in a completely different space in my life". I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time.

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