Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Offensive Tweets Resurface

The star of "Night School" and "Ride Along" faces backlash from previous homophobic tweets.

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The comedian is stepping down as host of the 91st Academy Awards after homophobic tweets resurfaced on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The now-deleted tweets in question, dating back to 2009 and 2011, ranged from offensive jokes to using homophobic slurs, one tweet threatening violence against his then four-year-old son if he, “try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house.”

The decision was made just days after he was announced as the host of the prestigious ceremony. (The announcement page has since been taken down.)

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” Hart announced on his Twitter late Sunday. He stated he did not “want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.” He continued, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

In a statement on Thursday before Hart stepped down, Glaad, a media advocacy group for LGBT people, said it had “reached out to ABC, the Academy and Kevin Hart’s management to discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive L.G.B.T.Q. inclusion on the Oscars stage.”

Along with Glaad, many celebrities have responded to Hart’s comments.

Comedian Billy Eichner commented on Hart’s apology, writing on twitter, “A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple,” Eichner continued, “Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men. On the surface it may not look like it. Underneath, it’s far more complicated.”

Hart’s exit leaves the Academy without a host with little more than two months until the awards telecast on Feb. 24. The Academy has yet to respond.

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