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Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting the Oscars After Old Homophobic Tweets Resurface

Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting the Oscars After Old Homophobic Tweets Resurface

 

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It’s been an interesting week for Kevin Hart.

On Tuesday, December 4th, Kevin Hart announced that he would be hosting the 91st Oscars ceremony. By Thursday, December 6th, just two days later, Hart revealed he was dropping out of hosting duties.

How did we get here?

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Hours after the initial announcement, a bunch of old, homophobic tweets started resurfacing on Twitter. Guardian editor Benjamin Lee started posting homophobic comments and screenshots of the tweets on his account (the tweets were from 2009 to 2011:)

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Kevin Hart started to delete the tweets. However, he didn’t get rid of all of them

On Thursday Hart responded to the tweets. He was defiant; he didn’t apologize. In the video, Hart said:

Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain the past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man. I’m in a great place. A great mature place where all I do is spread positivity.”

 

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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day

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That response was received poorly on social media.

A couple of hours later Hart posted another video where he revealed that The Academy asked him to apologize for the old tweets or they would have to find another host. Hart passed, saying that he’s addressed his homophobic words before, and didn’t feel the need to do it again. (In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone he spoke about the joke about not wanting to have a gay son. Hart said he “wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now.”)

 

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I know who I am & so do the people closest to me. #LiveLoveLaugh

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Hours later, Hart dropped out of the Oscars. He also finally issued an apology:

 



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