Kevin Hart steps down from hosting the Oscars after refusing to apologize for homophobic tweets



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Kevin Hart STEPS DOWN as 2019 Oscars host after refusing to apologize for homophobic tweets joking about ‘f*gs’ and Aids and stand-up skit saying his ‘biggest fear was his son growing up gay’

Kevin Hart has stepped down as the host of the 2019 Oscars amid a slew of backlash over years-old homophobic tweets that recently surfaced.

‘I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,’ the comedian tweeted Thursday night, just two days after being named host. ‘I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.’

His apology, however, has come too little too late after he revealed earlier in an Instagram video that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences had given him an ultimatum: apologize for the comments or they would seek a new host.

Hart responded to the ultimatum in the video asserting that he chose to ‘pass on the apology’ because he had ‘addressed this several times’.

Less than two hours later the 39-year-old changed his tune, issuing an apology to the LGBTQ community along with his resignation as Oscars host.

‘I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ”Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we’re going to have to move on and find another host.” I’m talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010,” the 39-year-old said in the Instagram video, which he recorded in Australia where he’s currently on The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour.

‘I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. 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 and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different place in my life.’

This came after tweets dated from 2009 to 2011 surfaced in which the comedian spewed blatant anti-gay rhetoric.

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.”

The comedian has since deleted the tweets, but that wasn’t before screen

captures began circulating online, gaining widespread criticism.

Earlier in the day, Hart responded to criticism in a way that further inflamed backlash just two days after he was named host of the upcoming Academy Awards.

He wrote on Instagram that critics should ‘stop being negative’. In an accompanying video, a shirtless Hart lounging in bed warily said he wasn’t going to ‘let the craziness frustrate me.’

‘I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve? I don’t know what to tell you,’ said Hart, who added, in all-caps: ‘I love everybody.’

His refusal to admit fault and apologize for the tweets sparked public outcry for the removal of his hosting gig.

GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said it had reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart’s management to ‘discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record.’

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

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 in the routine.

Though he refused to apologize for his comments twice, by Thursday night he finally conceded.

‘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,’ Hart tweeted.

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49 thoughts on “Kevin Hart steps down from hosting the Oscars after refusing to apologize for homophobic tweets

  1. Ulfhedinn Norsk December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Thank god he is black. If this was a white guy, he would have been labeled "SATAN" and burned at the stake!

  2. Terrell Miller December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Ohh well 🤷🏾‍♂️

  3. TMZ HOOD EDITION THE ARTIST December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    this shit really fuckin makes me hate these alphabet soup muthafuckas now….i am tired of these mentally sick fucks thinking they can fuck with people's lives

  4. Devine Devine December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Good for you Kevin. These gays are always wanting more and more. Forcing there lifestyle on people who want no parts of it.

  5. B G December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Kevin you should never apologize for something that is so wrong according to the Word of God you knuckled down to people who want to live a sick lifestyle. Everyone can have a choice of how they live but it is quite clear what will happen to them in Gods Word life is a choice choose wrong against God an it will bite hard in the end
    Their choice but you should not have apologized to these evil Hollywood people who want to destroy our country. As for LGBT see how that lifestyle helps you at the end of your life. We who believe God's word cannot even say our point of view without chastisment well in their face live how you want an deal with God in the end He Will Not Apologize to any of you

  6. Cassandra Butler December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    He's a bigger person than me cause I wouldn't apologize for shit…bunch of bullies

  7. charles harrington jr December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Good for you Kevin hart…don't apologize…that's third problem now…trying to force a sick life style on red blooded traditional values…fuck em!!!!

  8. Alex Vill December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    The lgbt+more bs community can go fuck themselves….LITERALLY or each other lol

  9. Brennen Bjorgan December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I’m offended by their offended

  10. Bobby Blue December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Sadly his career is over he will know be labeled as a homophobic racist and won't receive the movie offers going forward.

  11. Neo DC December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    And he ended up apologizing anyway. Wear a dress and kiss the Rock while you're at it. Hahahaha!

  12. Alfred Neuman December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    IF KEVIN WAS WHITE, he would also be asked to apologize for being a racist. Being a Black guy, he is immune from that charge. Double standard.

  13. tahiti treat December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Don't apologize Kevin, screw the academy.

  14. Ashley Marcano December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    It's basically that Adam B.Vary guy fault cuz he brought the attention to it … what a jerk I'm still a big K.heart fan

  15. Kenia Almeida December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I cant belive his getting bash for this. His entitle to feel how he wants those are his belief

  16. Fran Fran December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Yo bro just host fuck what everyone say fuck that

  17. Nyoka Harper December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Wow next year is about to be 10 years! I wish people would be this bent out of shape about the N word no matter who said it ..smh

  18. Kristy Kabui December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    WELL DONE KEVIN,DON'T APOLOGISE FOR LGBTQ NONSENSE.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,SHIIITTTTTT MEN,THEY BE CRYING LIKE FOREVER.WHAT HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH??WHY DO THIS PEOPLE KEEP SHOVING THEIR AGENDAS DOWN OUR THROATS?GET RU-PAUL AND OTHER QUEENS OF YOURS TO HOST IT.GIVE US A BREAK,IT'S NOT BY FORCE.

  19. Teri Williams December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Good for him ..

  20. Adolph Ripper December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    What did he say?

  21. Ashley Love December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    How hard is it for him to apologize again? Making homophobic comments is very hurtful. I think his ego os WAY TOO BIG for his little body. What an asshole! I never liked him to begin with… he left his wife as soon as he got a little money in his kid size pocket. Gross 🤢🤢🤢!

  22. Frank Rivera December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I have nothing against LGBT community, but if I don't want my son to be part of it why does that makes me a bad person? Not every dads dream it's to hear his son say "Heyy I'm gay" like yeah if he is well so be it but if I can change it why does that bother ppl? Or make me look bad?

  23. THANOS ROSENTHAL December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Who else make apology videos more than K. Heart? This Nyuggha sounds like a life coach that needs to take his own advice. SNAP!…Ya done bicth, like Half thee Avengers!

  24. TELL THE TRUTH December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    WE NEED TO HOLD WHITE PEOPLE………….ALL WHITE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE PAST……….HOW ABOUT SLAVERY? HOW ABOUT [email protected] LGBTXYX…

  25. Dale Foy December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Much to do about nothing…2009 is so over, It's their loss. Bountiful Blessings in the New Year 2019.

  26. Louis Chambers December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    The hell with those tit sucking pansies.

  27. Chris Walker December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    They want your soul. And now let's see how much further they will go because you didn't apologize they are devils.

  28. alfred arroyo December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Oh good god!!! I am gay and Kevin's apology is enough!!! We all make mistakes!! That was years ago!!! Get the fuck over it!!!! This world has lost its balls!!! America, GET YOUR BALLS BACK!!! Stop getting your panties all bunched up! You got your fucking apology and I knew that this would not be enough. Do you want his blood too??? Do you want Kevin's head on a stick too?? I cant believe how pussified this world has become. Kevin's apology has been accepted and that is all we need. I would understand if he tweeted this recently, but for gods sake…. It was years ago and some of you are crying about it? Even after an apology??? PATHETIC AND SAD!!!!

  29. chris herring December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    free roseanne barr and paula deen
    then naaaaa

  30. Gaith Owns December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    1 gay disliked

  31. Mimi Honey8 December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I'm tired of the alphabet people.

  32. K Adams December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Okay, for all that don't get it, he was bought and paid for, he's gonna apologize again, or all the little goodies that they gave him go away, this the same guy that said they could never make him wear a dress, okay, he step down because they want a tv humiliation type apology, watch the take down folks

  33. megazine December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    He’s doing the right thing. He already apologized. #Don’tfeedmob

  34. The Castle December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    In the first amend, it clearly states, "the LGBTQ are idiots".

  35. Bob Dobalina December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    What a twat, i had your back dude but you let the morons get to you, you're just a fucking zombie to me now. I ain't interested in anything you have to say from this point on, you bottled it for money or blackmail, I'm imagining the latter. Someone has to stand up to them, so, you sucked a cock to get a job, who cares, like your old comments, who cares? Apologising to the scum has fucked you up, the queers aren't going to follow you and now the normal people won't either, dumb ass.

  36. Emanuel Alvarez December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    THE LGBTQ community is fukn annoying …like really!! They already have respect in the community,political power, to the extent that the word FAG has suddenly become to be seen worse than the word F**K. Like what else do they want, there lucky they still dont get picked on and bullied for being weirdos that we all know and feel they are but cant say shit because were looked at as worse than hitler… IDGAF I'll say it being gay and transgender is weird af and it's only growing because were becoming nastier and more accepting of EVERYTHING as a society. If you say anything that goes against the flow your labeled a hater or a homophobe, its crazy. Call me old school but I like my girls without dicks, and you like the same sex that's koo but dont blame society for thinking your weird. If your a fag, dike,lesbo, tranny, do your thing!!! I dont approve of violence towards them but dont try to make A DUDE PUTTING HIS WEINER IN A ANOTHER DUDE NATURAL, BECAUSE IF IT WAS, THEN YOU WOULD NATURALLY HAVE A KID!! IF YOUR A GUY AND U WANT TITS ON YOU THATS FINE BUT DONT COMPLAIN WHEN NO MILK CKMES OUT OF THEM!! AND IF YOUR A GIRL WHO WANTS TO IDENTIFY AS A GUY THAN U BETTER NEVER TALK SHIT CUZ YOU CAN THINK YOUR A MAN BUT WHEN PUNCHES START FLYING I EVEN PUSSY OUT LOL BUT IM A MAN AMD TAKE MY ASS WHOOPING AND NOT CALL THE COPS haha I call the ambulance

  37. JandRoss December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Most of us have said things in the past that weren't right or good but like Kevin has said we learn and evolve as we grow. The ideal that we are somehow enlightened when we turn 18 or reach adulthood is wrong. My grandmother always said you don't stop learning until you die. I believe that wholeheartedly. Either way Kevin has apologized for any insensitive comments he's made over the years even though he doesn't have to. He's already addressed it but some mainly in the media wants to create a buzz by using things like this. Most people aren't insulted by stuff like this unless the media tells them they are and creates conflict. The media is good about dividing people into groups and then pitting them against each other telling people "so and so said this or that and it's just wrong and you should be upset" And then you have those few people with their personal agenda who want to persuade many others to jump on their bandwagon and fight their battles for them. I would be willing to bet that most people don't care what kevin and others have said in the past at all but there are those few people who have serious problems with themselves who simply try and pull others to their side and unfortunately it works Then companies and the oscars choose to play along and give in to the stupidity and ignorance. I commend Kevin Hart and other who take a stand and refuse to jump on the bandwagon and move forward and not backwards. Thank Kevin, your one of my favorites!!!

  38. Kyle Lindsay December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    So a old ass joke from years ago before we were in the 2010's is a problem again a JOKE by a COMEDIAN the LGBTQ needs to go tf away fr I can't fucking stand them I can't stand this PC ass society its bullshit like this why stand up comedy is dead because u can barely tell a joke without a certain group of people getting offended by a fucking joke

  39. Lou America December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Good job! Awesome job. SJWs are crazy! The world is not upset, crazy people are upset

  40. MoneyStaccin BlueHunnitGang December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    he still apologized?

  41. litrentaart December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    go be gay happy what ever you want just stop trying to make every one else suffer with your gay asses

  42. litrentaart December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Hollywood pricks they say shit about the president of the USA that he's this and that.then I'm sorry I sad bad things about gays. Hypocrites all of them.

  43. Carol Georges December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    May the Lord bless you brother. Rise and shine for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. You did the right thing

  44. alamrisa December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    You have the right yo have an opinion.

  45. Sharieann Pryce December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    🙏

  46. Bill Kuhl December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    The LGBTQ needs to grow up. You wanted Kevin Hart to apologize for something said years ago. Screw you. I would have never apologized.

  47. Jennifer Madrid December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Sincere apologies don’t seem forgivable they want you to promote something for them, or use you like a puppet. They won’t be happy till then.

  48. dwayne bradley December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Ur a great guy

  49. DAD / LIFE December 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Let him host the awards stop being bitches

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