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Kevin Hart Quits Oscars Hosting Gig Over Anti-Gay Past

09 December 2018

GLAAD previously tweeted that the LGBTQ media advocacy organization had reached out to ABC, the Academy, and Hart's management "to discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage".

Shortly after Tuesday's announcement that Hart had been tapped to host the 91st Academy Awards (to be held February 24, 2019), his homophobic twitter past came under new scrutiny. As with Hart, the problematic tweets were amplified by social media outrage.

In an earlier post on Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" about his earlier anti-gay remarks.

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"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's [sic] ... because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many incredible talented artists", the actor and comedian said on Twitter late Thursday night. "I chose to pass on the apology", the 39-year-old actor-comedian said in the video. "Guys, I'm almost 40 years old". Hours later, Hart resurfaced with another video stating that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had given him an ultimatum: Apologize or we'll find a new host. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve? And even when things go decently enough, everyone is handed the right envelope and nobody walks away offended, the hosts can still be blamed for poor ratings. "I don't know what to tell you", said Hart, who added, in all-caps: "I love everybody".

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

"Kevin Hart shouldn't have stepped down; he should have stepped up", writes GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement shared on Twitter. "I wouldn't tell [a joke about fearing my son was gay] today, because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now".

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This week, comedian Kevin Hart resigned as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards and apologized to the LGBTQ community after initially refusing to apologize for anti-gay jokes and slurs he made in 2010 and 2011.

The Academy Awards is yet to comment on Hart's departure.

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Kevin Hart Quits Oscars Hosting Gig Over Anti-Gay Past