Just two days after the announcement that he’d be hosting/screaming at the 2019 Oscars, Kevin Hart has stepped down from the role after refusing to apologise for old anti-gay tweets.

Hart announced the decision on Twitter, saying that he didn’t want to be a “distraction”, and (finally) apologising to the LGBTQ community.

This comes after screenshots began to circulate on Twitter of some of Hart’s since-deleted tweets from 2010 and 2011, in which he uses homophobic slurs.

Hart’s response to the tweets was uh… not fantastic. He initially reacted by posting a video of himself on Instagram admonishing fans for “searching for reasons to be angry“.

While he made reference to growing and maturing as a person, he also made it clear that he wasn’t going to apologise for those tweets.

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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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After reportedly being told by the Academy that he’d have to apologise or they’d fire him from the host role, Hart posted another video saying he’d rather quit than say sorry.

Look: weird flex, but okay? At least he’s not bitching about losing the gig? 

Meanwhile, the Academy is, how you say, fully fucked. They don’t have a host for their night of nights and it’s only two months away. Any volunteers?

Source: Buzzfeed
Image: Getty Images / Daniel Zuchnik