Kevin Hart Steps Down As Oscars Host After Old Homophobic Tweets Resurface

kevin hart steps down as 2019 oscars host after homophobic tweets resurface

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.

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?