Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscar Host

Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscar Host

"It would be something I would definitely do just to say I did it in my career", he told Variety at the time.

Ultimately, Hart said that even hosting the Oscars wasn't enough to get him to back down on his stance, but seemed conciliatory in his final remarks directed toward the academy.

He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people". "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.

Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer for GLAAD, has told The Blast, "GLAAD reached out to ABC, The Academy and Kevin Hart's management to discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage. Or we're gonna have to move and find another host.' Talking about the tweets from 2009, 2010", Hart said in a new video posted Thursday evening. In his comedy special from 2010, Kevin joked that he would do his best as a heterosexual male to stop his son from being gay. "I'm nearly 40 years old and I'm in love with the man that I am becoming".

"Kevin Hart, apologize for your tweets of old, or we're going to have to move on", Hart relayed about the call in the Instagram post.

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many awesome talented artists", he wrote on Twitter Thursday night.

In his video, the comedian says that he will "pass on the apology".

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

Of course, the video begs the question: What would make us think for a second he has "changed/grown/evolved" if he can't be bothered to make a statement where he rebukes what he said previously? I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in.

The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday.

Hart has a rather vile history of documented homophobia, ranging from offensive standup clangers to dumb interview statements to puerile tweets to a whole embarrassing film filled with it.

In response, Hart has been deleting his past tweets, but not before he came under fire from folks online, including media figures, actors, and fellow comedians, including Billy Eichner.

The editor for The Guardian published a series of tweets from the comedian that expressed his fear of having a gay son who played with dollhouses and other female-oriented toys.

It's not the first time an Oscars host has been forced to answer for anti-gay remarks. Ahead of the 2012 Academy Awards, producer Brett Ratner, who had been paired with host Eddie Murphy, resigned days after using a gay slur at a film screening.

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