Will step down from hosting 2019 Oscars, says comedian Kevin Hart

Sergio Cunningham
December 7, 2018

A video Hart posted earlier on Thursday finds him laying in bed reacting to the coverage of his homophobic tweets.

And in 2009 again, Kevin joked that he saw the "biggest gay man ever", saying that it looked like "Hulk Hogan with heels on". As the controversy mounted earlier today, the comedian deleted the offensive Tweets.

But that elation did not last long before it became laced with controversy. Hart is now touring Sydney, Australia.

In the video, Hart said he would not apologise.

In a previous Instagram video also posted on Thursday night, Hart offered no clear apology for the tweets. He chose the later, but went onto to apologize in his own terms anyway. The reason why I passed is because I have addressed this several times.

In a recent Instagram video the father-of-three revealed he had received a call from the Academy after his old tweets went viral. "Regardless, to the Academy, I'm thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul", he said.

The Academy has not yet responded to Hart's response to their ultimatum, nor did they respond to Variety's request for comment.

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It is unclear who may replace Hart for the annual awards show.

The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday. In his 2017 memoir, "I Can't Make This Up", the comedian admitted that there were times when his marriage to first wife Torrei Hart got violent. Hopefully someone who won't offend.

With the entertainment industry at the fore of societal change amongst the #MeToo era, having an Academy Awards host who not only has a past riddled with latent homophobia, but refuses to acknowledge or apologise for it, is a backwards step. There's still time to fix the situation. But he said "I'm going to be me, I'm going to stand my ground".

'My team calls me, "Oh my God, Kevin, the world is upset about tweets you did years ago" Oh my God.

"So I just got a call from the Academy, and that call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old".

'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. What hasn't happened is an apology - not even your typical statement of regret and an assurance of "that was me then, and I'm a different person now".

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