HOL­LY­WOOD Kevin Hart walks away from Os­cars

Anger at ho­mo­pho­bic tweets, won’t apol­o­gise

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KEVIN Hart an­nounced on Twit­ter early yesterday morn­ing that he was step­ping down from host­ing next year’s Os­cars cer­e­mony af­ter the Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences asked him to apol­o­gise for a num­ber of his old tweets that used ho­mo­pho­bic lan­guage, which he ini­tially re­fused to do.

“I have made the choice to step down from host­ing this year’s Os­car’s,” Hart tweeted. “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.”

Ear­lier in the evening, he posted an In­sta­gram video in which he re­fused to apol­o­gise for the tweets.

Some quick back­ground: this week, it was an­nounced that Hart would host the 91st Os­cars cer­e­mony on Fe­bru­ary 24 – so nat­u­rally his Twit­ter ac­count found it­self un­der the mi­cro­scope. Any­one want­ing to dis­qual­ify Hart, at least in the court of pub­lic opin­ion, had a cor­nu­copia of ho­mo­pho­bic tweets to choose from.

Sev­eral of those tweets be­gan sur­fac­ing shortly after­wards. Around the same time, it ap­pears that some of them were deleted.

“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,’ “read a 2011 tweet that Hart deleted this week, ac­cord­ing to Buz­zfeed News.

Sev­eral other tweets us­ing var­i­ous ho­mo­pho­bic slurs re­main on Hart’s ac­count, in­clud­ing one ask­ing “why does (Damien Dante Wayans’s) pro­file pic look like a gay bill­board for AIDS,” with this strange brag tacked on at the end: “Booom, I’m on fire tonight.”

In an­other that re­mained on­line as of pub­li­ca­tion time, Hart says, “Lmao @ all of the woman ask­ing me where the pic is, I’m not pass­ing along a pic

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