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Kevin Hart steps down as Oscar host, apologizes for anti-gay Tweets

Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars, also apologizing for homophobic comments he made in the year 2009 and 2010.

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The actor-comedian made the announcement on Twitter late Thursday night, along with an apology to the LGBTQ community, after his past anti-gay comments resurfaced. He wrote;

I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.

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.

Earlier in a video posted to Instagram Hart, refused to say sorry despite receiving an ultimatum from Oscars bosses. The decision which drew a lot of criticism on the internet. He said in the video;

“I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we’re going to have to move on and find another host.’ I’m talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010,” he said.

“I chose to pass on the apology. The 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’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.”

The announcement of Hart as Oscars host earlier this week sparked an angry backlash after homophobic comments from the comedian resurfaced online.

Several of the tweets were screenshot by Twitter users like journalist Benjamin Lee and spread online, sparking an angry reaction.

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168 Comments

  1. Are these happening because he was to be the host at Oscar 2019? Is he really sorry for good? We hope he’s forgiver and take back the hosting right.

  2. Our past sometime has chances to surface in our present but comes with two option to build or destroy you…..the level of your mentality goes a long way when it reflect….

  3. He made a nice choice by apologising, butwhat he said in the past should not be used against him,since he had begged for forgiveness before, but why did he stepped down as Oscar host,since he has apologized

  4. Its better as he has apologized…and let the ball rolling….i see agreat maturity in. What he has done…

  5. U made a mature decision. Though I still agree with your old post about preventing your son from being gay

  6. How many times must he apologize for this comment he made in the past. Moreover, he only made his opinion based on his family and son bu t because his a celebrity his being scrutinized here. You have been humble enough to opt out of hosting the Oscars. Giving him that kind of Ultimatum wasn’t fair and I support him for his action.

  7. Going by his values Kevin owes no apology but the dude’s humble
    He murdered his ego and still tendered an unreserved apology
    Nice dude

  8. You have shown so much humility and humbleness by this single apology, stepping down as the host of Oscar is your own personal decision anyway, wish you well, good luck

  9. People have a say and a right to voice their opinion. If such opinion would deny one of future opportunities so be it. I can not live, air a fake personality because of what I’ll get. Trust me it will come tumbling down from a position of Zenith one day.

  10. Shows u are a humble person but u shouldn’t have stepped down. The apology should have been enough. Good luck though

  11. I like your opinion.. And also love the way you entertain people’s and also show love for them

  12. I see humility in this guy, Kevin Hart,the apologies have been accepted,keep this virtue up, is a nice one

  13. Been humble is one of the things that make you different from other people…. Seriously thus guy is humble

  14. To me, stepping down was uncalled for. The apology should be enough. Nobody is free from making mistakes or saying things they shouldn’t say including me. Either way, good luck

  15. these happening because he was to be the host at Oscar 2019? Is he really sorry for good? We hope he’s forgiver and take back the hosting right.

  16. Nice move…..
    People saying gay is bad……yeh…but I don’t think is there fault…..all sexual orientation are from birth….let’s get to understand that

  17. That’s humility in display I love you for this I hope they forgive you so you can move on better things ahead man

  18. I like him for made a nice choice by apologize, but previous statement he made will not be use against him.

  19. Speaking against the LGBTQ society is considered a hate crime in the west since gay is legalised so Kevin Hart did wrong. Apologising g and stepping down as Oscar host is the right thing to do

  20. He apologized and choose to option out for you to know how sincerely he was, all he did was for the fear of his son going Astra which any one in his shoe would have done the same.

  21. He made a nice choice by apologising, butwhat he said in the past should not be used against him,since he had begged for forgiveness before, but why did he stepped down as Oscar host,since he has apologized, I love his simplicity

  22. He is just too humble . I like the face that he took blame for his action and ultimately faced the consequences following his action

  23. Just yesterday I was reading that he was picked as the next host for the Oscars and today he has stepped down because of tweets that were there since 2010. He has already apologized for everything he said so I don’t see why he can’t host the Oscars.

  24. There’s indeed something fishy in the apology. Comments you made since 2009/2010, if you are threatened pls seek legal action brother

  25. That’s is US for you being criticized for what you believe in because of those gay community . You did the right thing

  26. well without offence no apology and without apology no forgiveness. please forgive him and forget since he has apologize

  27. Any man who remember and recognise his mistakes then swallow his ego and apologize is a matured men, I have seen somany of your appologise, you’re indeed great and matured in your speech,, nice one

  28. He has apologized and so he should be forgiven and accepted because he has realized his mistakes

  29. This is unwise by him… every one has the right to their own ideology…why go back against what you really believed in… I see no reason to apologise.

  30. When a man is absolutely humble, you will see it written all over him. I love your sense of reasoning and understanding and how you settled everything in few hours

  31. He humbled himself and sincerely apologizes. Dis is gud. He respects peoples feelings. He put the others first.

  32. That very kind of you,we understand that some group of powerful set of people who get upset with you word because they practice the act.may God have mercy on them.weldone brother.

  33. Having the spirit of humbleness and humility n rendering your apology I guess you have a gud heart

  34. I do support him in his stance but he should not have made it public.Very brave and humble of him to apologize and think of others

  35. i wonder what could have prompt such a statement at this time,hope he is not planning to become a member of LGBT himself

  36. I think we need to appreciate the fact that he apologized for the past senerio. I don’t hate a gay person too but the act is what I dislike and not in line with my religious beliefs one of which detest practicing homosexuality. We all have choice and we should as well know that we will be accountable for all our actions.

  37. What a noble thing to do. You don’t owe any one apology for the comment you made some years back. I say no the gay relationship

  38. I believe Kevin Hart is really a different person. He has stepped down and even went ahead to apologise, which I see as humility.

  39. am sorry for you all. homosexual is hated by God and so do I.
    in as much as I would like the handsome reward I won’t miss my most handsome and beautiful reward from God.

  40. In my own opinion , I feel the apology was enough instead of him stepping down again, but that’s some big sacrifice that needs to be appreciated.

  41. Is good as he apologize and begged for forgiveness, beside you have been humble enough to opt out of hosting the Oscar.

  42. I am surprised Kevin Hart gave up the Oscars. ..some datYstrad ago he was so excited about his selection

  43. Letting ones conscience go before interest. A lesson for those that won’t do things like this. Kudos.

  44. Nice one Kelvin, you did well, let them keep talking!
    What’s with the gay thing sef?
    Some guys are just disgusting

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