Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars, Apologizes to LGBTQ Community

Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars, Apologizes to LGBTQ Community

In the passionate Instagram video, Hart tells the world, "So I just got a call from The Academy". Representatives for the academy and for ABC didn't respond to messages Thursday.

Hart said today on Twitter, "I was asked the most incredible question from my kids today on the phone ... they said "Dad why don't you get mad when people talk about you on the internet" ... my answer was 'I never see that stuff because I'm too busy being happy & loving you 2'". "I swear, our world is becoming beyond insane, and I'm not gonna let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I've worked hard to get to the mental space that I'm at now", he says. While the heads over at the Academy haven't mentioned canceling Hart yet, we've seen damaging tweets derail celebrities before.

In an earlier post Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" about his earlier anti-gay remarks. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. "I'm nearly 40 years old".

In light of the resurgence in accusations of bigotry, Hart has today posted a video on Instagram that can be pretty much summed up as "leave me alone, I don't give a shit".

But in a tweet late on Thursday he said he had chosen to step down "because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many unbelievable talented artists". "I chose to pass".

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

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"I'm sorry that I hurt people", Kevin wrote in another tweet. In the special, Hart says one of his "biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay", despite admitting, "I'm not homophobic..."

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.

The comedian has since deleted the tweets, but that wasn't before screen captures began circulating online.

Dating as far back as 2009, the tweets seemed to bubble furiously to the top of timelines across the web when industry types and film fans connected that Hart would take the stage for an annual event sacred to American women and gay men, as well as cinephiles and show business brass. A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple, " Eichner said. "I hope we can meet again".

Hart reportedly deleted a number of homophobic messages - some of which were almost a decade old - after getting picked to host the 2019 awards show on Tuesday. Murphy soon after exited, as well.

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