Hart quits as Os­cars host over his anti-gay tweets

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NEW YORK — Just two days after be­ing named host of the Acad­emy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down fol­low­ing an out­cry over past tweets about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity by the co­me­dian.

Hart wrote on Twit­ter just after mid­night Thurs­day that he was with­draw­ing as Os­cars host be­cause he didn’t want to be a dis­trac­tion. “I sin­cerely apol­o­gize to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity for my in­sen­si­tive words from my past,” wrote Hart.

Ear­lier Thurs­day evening, the co­me­dian had re­fused to apol­o­gize for tweets that resur­faced after he was an­nounced as Os­cars host Tues­day. In a video on In­sta­gram, Hart said the Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­tures Arts and Sciences gave him an ul­ti­ma­tum: apol­o­gize or “we’re go­ing to have to move on and find an­other host.”

“I chose to pass on the apol­ogy,” Hart said. “The rea­son why I passed is be­cause I’ve ad­dressed this sev­eral times.”

Hart has since deleted some of the tweets, mostly dated from 2009-11. In 2011, he wrote in a since-deleted 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 the 2010 spe­cial “Se­ri­ously Funny,” he said “one of my big­gest fears is my son grow­ing up and be­ing gay.”

“Keep in mind, I’m not ho­mo­pho­bic, I have noth­ing against gay peo­ple, do what you want to do, but me, be­ing a het­ero­sex­ual male, if I can pre­vent my son from be­ing gay, I will,” Hart said.


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