On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Kevin Hart announced he’d be hosting the 91st Academy Awards.
On Thursday, December 6, 2018, tweets that Hart posted from back in 2009-2011 which included derogatory language referring to gay people and disparaging comments about sexuality caused him to resign from the hosting position.
After Hart’s anti-gay tweets came out to the public, he immediately deleted them and acknowledged the situation on his Instagram @kevinhart4real.
At first he wasn’t going to apologize for the tweets since instances like this regarding previous comments he’s made have come up which he’s addressed it to his fans several times. However, the Academy gave him an ultimatum that he would either apologize or they will find a new host.
On Thursday evening, he issued an apology online that said, "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past" he wrote, adding, "Im 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." He also announced that he would be stepping down from hosting this year’s Oscars since he did not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing artists.
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