Kevin Hart steps down as Academy Awards 2019 ceremony host as his anti-gay tweets resurface
Kevin Hart has decided to step down as the host of the 91st Academy Awards ceremony after his tussle with the Academy over apologosing for his earlier anti-gay tweets. Though he has apologised for the same on Twitter now, he also decided to relinquish his hosting duties.
Hart made the announcement on Twitter, apologising to the LGBTQI community for his "insensitive words" in the past.
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.
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
He also apologised for have hurt people, hoping that he meets with the opportunity to host the Oscars again someday.
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. — Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
The comedian had earlier refused to apologise for his homophophic statements, despite the Academy's ultimatum. He posted a video on Instagram where he said that the Academy contacted him and asked him to apogise for his tweets from 2009 and 2010, or else they would be looking for another host. He said, "I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I have addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I have addressed it. I have spoken on it. I have said where the rights and wrongs were."
In a previous Instagram video, Hart addressed escalating concerns over a long history of hate speech and derogatory jokes about the LGBTQ community on social media, resurfaced in national news after he was named the host of the Oscars on Thursday.
View this post on Instagram
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. I am truly happy people....there is nothing that you can do to change that...NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all....with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love....Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please....What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY.....ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you....Have a beautiful day A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on
(With inputs from Indo-Asian News Service)
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Updated Date: Dec 07, 2018 11:52:00 IST