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Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host

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Adrian Cunningham | 09 December, 2018, 02:51

Kevin Hart is out as the Oscars host.

Shortly after Tuesday's announcement that Hart had been tapped to host the 91st Academy Awards (to be held February 24, 2019), his homophobic twitter past came under new scrutiny.

After a swarm of social media users brought his past comments back to light, Kevin slammed people "looking for reasons to be negative" and claimed he is "in love with the man [he is] becoming".

Kevin Hart seemed to fit the bill until he shocked tinsel town by stepping down as the host of the 2019 Oscars on Thursday after his years-old old homophobic tweets resurfaced - and he refused to apologize for them. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past".

"I think it's embarrassing", Matthew Belloni, the editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, said about the academy's decision to pick Hart. "Guys, I'm almost 40 years old".

In a video on Instagram, Hart said the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave him an ultimatum: apologise or "we're going to have to move on and find another host". If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve?

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He also wrote, "All I can say is WOOOOOOOOW.Thank you so much Sydney Australia.Making the world laugh is forever a priority".

Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act. 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.

When Rolling Stone asked Hart about his anti-gay schtick in 2015, Hart said, "I wouldn't tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now".

In a statement, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis wrote, "Kevin Hart shouldn't have stepped down; he should have stepped up...."

Insiders say that celebrities in Hollywood don't want to host the Oscars as it places "a target on your back", just as it did with Hart. Hart said the film academy told him he had to apologize or he'd lose the gig.

Griffin hoped Hart's departure would open the door for a woman comedian to host the show.