With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Thursday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn't want to be a distraction.

One of Hart's old routines (below), he mentioned that he once knocked his son and another kid at a party down for having "a gay moment". "I passed on the apology".

The Academy President Tom Sherak responded in a statement: "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well".

The outrage escalated, Hart commented but did not apologize, stoking even more outrage, which culminated with Hart's announcement on Thursday night that he was stepping down as host of the 91st Academy Awards. Among the vocal critics of Hart as a host, The Guardian's Benjamin Lee published an article, "Oscars Host Kevin Hart's Homophobia Is No Laughing Matter", with footage from his late 2000s stand-up act about his son's "first gay thought".

"I'm nearly 40 years old".

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GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said Thursday that it 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".

In the clip, obtained by TMX, the actor replied that he is aware of the harm his words can inflict on gay people and said: 'I don't want that problem. He says, "Two sold-out shows in Sydney, Australia and I gotta tell you, I'm f-king blown away". "The Academy has recently made significant strides in featuring diverse talent onstage and they should now double down on that commitment as they look for a new host". This time, speculation has already been rampant that few in Hollywood want the gig, for which few win glowing reviews.

Immediately after Hart was confirmed as host on Tuesday night, some journalists began tweeting reminders of Hart's past comments.

The film academy moved up this year's ceremony to February 24, giving producers little time to find a replacement.

The film academy has yet to address Hart's departure. "I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren't necessarily big deals, because we can".

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