Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Homophobic Tweet Backlash

US actor  comedian Kevin Hart attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall

Kevin Hart has announced he is stepping down as host of next year's Oscars ceremony following an outcry over perceived homophobic comments and tweets from the comedian.

As we have previously reported, Kevin Hart was officially announced yesterday as host of the 2019 Oscars, which will be televised on February 24.

Hart posted to Twitter to announce that he made a decision to step down in order to avoid "be [ing] a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many awesome talented artists".

Kevin seemingly addressed the tweets in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, where he told Jonah Weiner, "I'd never apologize for what was never meant to be disrespectful - I'd never allow the public to win for something I know wasn't malicious".

The tweets highlighted by Lee have all now been deleted by Hart, but a quick Twitter search confirms that there's a lot more where they came from that have yet to be deleted.

It'd be one thing if this was a one-time tweet (Still bad, but not as bad), or if he apologized, or if he didn't call out people who were alarmed by him repeatedly using the word "gay" or "fag" in a derogatory manner.

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

"The reason why I've passed is that I've addressed it several times", he said on Instagram.

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

In a post on Instagram at about 11 p.m.

It's not the first time an Oscars host has been potentially derailed by anti-gay remarks. "I am evolving and want to continue to do so". "Guys, I'm nearly 40 years old". He said, "Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic". But as this is the internet we're talking about, nothing disappears forever.

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.

Well, you know what they say: The best way to show everyone you know how to "live" "learn" "grow" and "mature" is by blaming them for the consequences of your own actions.

As noted by Rolling Stone, Hart previously said during his 2010 "Seriously Funny" stand-up that "one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay". I'm the wrong guy, man.

It's unclear what will happen with Hart's hosting gig.

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