Kevin Hart faces scrutiny after old homophobic tweets surface

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Just two days after comedian Kevin Hart was tapped to host the next Oscars ceremony it was unclear if he still held the job, after he got a barrage of criticisms for old homophobic tweets and responded by saying that the Academy had demanded he apologize - and he refused.

Ultimately, Hart said that even hosting the Oscars wasn't enough to get him to back down on his stance, but seemed conciliatory in his final remarks directed toward the academy.

In a video posted on Thursday evening, Hart says that The Academy has asked him to apologize for homophobic tweets (see bottom of article) that re-surfaced after they announced he would host the 2019 Oscars. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past".

In light of the resurgence in accusations of bigotry, Hart has today posted a video on Instagram that can be pretty much summed up as "leave me alone, I don't give a shit".

He refused to apologize and made a decision to step down as host, he said in a post at midnight Eastern time on Twitter.

Another tweet, from 2009, used the derogatory "F" word that's used to describe gay people.

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In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said "if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will".

"The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times, this is not the first time this has come up", he said. I'm talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010, " the 39-year-old said in the Instagram video before stepping down. "I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren't necessarily big deals, because we can".

He also added a written statement to the post: "Stop looking for reasons to be negative.Stop searching for reasons to be angry.I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in". I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all.with that being said. Comedian and actor Billy Eichner said "a simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple".

"I swear man, our world is becoming beyond insane", begins Hart in his response. "Underneath, it's far more complicated".

A representative for the academy did not immediately respond to messages after Hart stepped down.

GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, had said Thursday that it 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".

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