Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscar Host

Kevin Hart. Twitter/@TheAcademy Kevin Hart. Twitter/@TheAcademy
Herman Weaver | 07 December, 2018, 08:26

Earlier this week comedian Kevin Hart was announced as the host for the 2019 Academy Awards.

Kevin Hart has stepped down as the host of Oscars 2019.

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars", Hart tweeted.

He said: "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past".

In an accompanying video a shirtless Hart said he wasn't going to "let the craziness frustrate me" and added that he "loves everybody".

Buzzfeed reports that Benjamin Lee, an editor for the U.K.'s Guardian, was one of the first to address Hart's controversial posts, writing on Wednesday, "I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets".

On Thursday afternoon, Hart took to Instagram to post a video and caption expressing his support for the real victim in all this: himself.

In a previous Instagram video also posted on Thursday night, Hart offered no clear apology for the tweets.

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"The reason that I passed is I've addressed it several times".

"I chose to pass on the apology", Hart said.

Hart was tapped the host the Oscars earlier this week, amid reports that the job had become increasingly hard to fill. "And if he doesn't, I don't think we should hold him accountable, I think we should just remember and forgive him".

Regarding the supposed controversy on Instagram, Kevin told his followers and all of those concerned to "stop looking for reasons to be negative".

But would he still be busy loving his kids if one of them came out as gay?

While he states that he "love [s] everybody", he feels he should not be accountable for his past actions as people "change, grow, [and] evolve as they get older".

On the 4th of December, Tuesday, the 39-year-old comedian said he would be at the helm of the Oscars next year. "I've done it. I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different place in my life". "If you choose to not believe me then that's on you.Have a handsome day".

GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said Thursday that it has reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart's management to 'discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record'. I'm thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? Murphy soon after exited, as well.

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