Anti-gay tweets force Hart out as Oscars host
Just two days after been named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.
Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, he wrote on Twitter yesterday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn’t want to be a distraction: “I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
Hart stepped aside about an hour after refusing to apologise for tweets that resurfaced after he was announced as Oscars host on Wednesday, saying he had addressed it several times.
In 2011, he wrote in a sincedeleted tweet: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay”.
In an earlier post, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should “stop being negative” about his earlier anti-gay remarks. “I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve? I don’t know what to tell you,” adding in all-caps: “I LOVE EVERYBODY.”
The Oscars will be awarded on February 24.