Well, it looks like Kevin Hart will not be hosting the Oscars in February after all. He broke out the news on his Twitter account by writing:
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. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.
His latest update came just hours after he announced that the Academy called him and asked him to apologize for his past homophobic remarks during his standup comedy shows. He was refusing to back down and refusing to apologize for the comments he had once made. In a follow-up message to his followers, Hart added:
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.
Through an Instagram video, the comedian explained what the Academy told him:
So I just got a call from The Academy. That call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets or we’re going to have to move on and find another host.’
Hart passed on the deal because of this:
The reason that I passed is I’ve addressed it several times. That’s 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.
He added that he is not going to address the issue because he moved on, saying:
I’m not gonna continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on. I’m in a completely different space in my life.
Despite his fans and social media users asking him to simply apologize, he insisted:
I’m gonna be me and stand my ground. Regardless, The Academy I’m thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If it goes away, no harm no foul.
We have yet to see the Academy publicly addressing this whole issue of Hart’s previous homophobic and the sudden announcement of his stepping down as this year’s host.
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