Entertainment Kevin Hart Out As Oscar Host After Refusing to Apologize for Tweets Published 5 days ago on December 7, 2018 By Liz Orhent Share Tweet Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the 91st Oscars within days of his appointment by the Academy. by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images. Update: (Dec. 7, 2019, 12:14 A.M. E.T.): Kevin Hart announced on Twitter that he’s stepping down from hosting the Oscars next February. In two tweets issued late Thursday evening, Hart finally apologized for his comments from 2011 that included homophobic slurs, and announced that he would not be hosting the Oscars on February 24, 2019. The tweets read, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars….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. “I’m sorry that I hurt people…I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.” This latest development occurred after Hart posted a new video on Instagram on Thursday evening, letting his fans know that he received a call from the Academy asking him to apologize for his old tweets, or “we are going to have to move on and find another host.” He added, “I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is I’ve addressed this several times… I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’m not going to continue to go back. We feed on Internet trolls and we reward them. I’m not going to do it. I’m going to stand my ground. Regardless Academy, I’m thankful for the opportunity. If it goes away, no harm, no foul.” The original post continues below. Days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences [named comedian Kevin Hart to the post of Oscars host, homophobic tweets that he had posted seven years ago resurfaced, threatening his upcoming position. In one tweet from 2011, Hart wrote, “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.’” Another tweet from 2009 read, in part, “What ru some type of FAT F-G that takes pics of small black men all day?” The tweets, which Hart hadn’t deleted upon his announcement as the Oscars host, set off a social-media maelstrom on Thursday, with a Care2 petition started on behalf of the L.G.B.T.Q. and #MeToo communities calling for the Academy to rescind Hart’s invitation to host. In addition to the homophobic comments, the Care2 petition also pointed to “fights [with Hart’s] ex-wife [that required] police intervention and land[ed] him in jail.” The petition has accrued more than 2,000 signatures. The Academy did not return calls seeking comment. Hart, himself, tried to rectify the situation on Thursday afternoon, releasing a non-apology Instagram post that highlighted how much the actor believes he has changed since his old comments. “I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming,” read some of his post. It’s not clear how the Academy will respond. But if the organization’s behavior back in 2011 is any indication, Kevin Hart is not long for his partnership with them. Back then, the Academy fired producer Brett Ratner after he discussed his sex life on Howard Stern’s radio show and said “rehearsal is for f-gs” at a film screening. Hart’s comments come across even more insensitively when you consider that many of this year’s crop of potential nominees: Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, and Olivia Colman, among others, are portraying characters that identify with the L.G.B.T.Q. community. 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