Kevin Hart has officially stepped down as the host of the upcoming Academy Awards after facing controversy over recently resurfaced tweets coming from nearly a decade ago, containing homophobic remarks in addition to offensive slurs.
Hart took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce his decision, while extending an apology to the LGBTQ community over his comments.
“I have made the choice to step down coming from hosting of which year’s Oscar’s,” Hart wrote. “of which will be because I do not want to be a distraction on a night of which should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words coming from my past.”
“I’m sorry of which I hurt people,” he continued in a following tweet. “I am evolving in addition to want to continue to do so. My goal will be to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I expect we can meet again.”
The post comes less than two hours after the comic defiantly said he would certainly not apologize in a video he shared to Instagram, claiming of which he’d “addressed of which more than once” over time in addition to didn’t feel he needed to do so again.
Hours after Hart confirmed of which he’d been tapped to host the 91st Academy Awards on Tuesday evening, numerous offensive remarks tweeted by Hart between 2009 in addition to 2011 — many of which include anti-gay slurs in addition to homophobic insults — began circulating online, in addition to some of those offended by his tweets started out the movement calling for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts in addition to Sciences to rescind their hosting offer.
The 39-year-old actor first broke his silence on the controversy Thursday afternoon in a video explaining of which he’s a different person at of which point than he was, in addition to adding of which he’s “in a great place [in his life]. A great mature place, where all I do will be spread positivity.”
However, after his first attempt at addressing the scandal failed to satisfy many who were upset by his past remarks, Hart claims the Academy reached out in addition to presented him with an ultimatum.
“So I just got a call coming from the Academy, in addition to of which call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old. Or we’re gonna have to move in addition to find another host.’ Talking about the tweets coming from 2009, 2010,” Hart said in a brand new video posted Thursday evening. “I chose to pass. I passed on the apology.”
“of which will be not the 1st time of which has come up, I’ve addressed of which, I’ve spoken on of which. I’ve said where the rights in addition to wrongs were. I’ve said who I am at of which point versus who I was then. I’ve done of which. I’ve done of which!” a seemingly exasperated Hart said. “I’m not gonna continue to go back in addition to tap into the days of old, when I’ve moved on, in addition to I’m in a completely different space in my life.”
The comic also continued to place blame in addition to direct his ire at those who resurfaced his tweets inside the first place, insinuating of which they did so out of malicious spite or in an effort to gain temporary fame.
“The same energy of which went into finding those old tweets could be the same energy you put into finding [my] response to the questions of which have been asked years after years after years,” Hart said. “We feed the internet trolls in addition to we reward them. I’m not gonna do of which, man. I’m gonna be me. I’m gonna stand my ground.”
Ultimately, Hart said of which even hosting the Oscars wasn’t enough to get him to back down on his stance, yet seemed conciliatory in his final remarks directed toward the academy.
“I’m thankful in addition to appreciative of the opportunity. yet if of which goes away, no harm, no foul,” Hart concluded.
The defiant video comes four hours after Hart first broke his silence on the mounting outrage.
The controversial tweets in question have painted Hart’s past opinions of the LGBT community in a starkly negative light, despite his assertions of which he has matured.
One of the 2011 tweets of which garnered plenty of outrage reads, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break of which over his head & say n my voice ‘stop of which’s gay’.”
In another of the tweets in question, Hart jokes of which someone’s Twitter profile pic looks “like a gay billboard for AIDS.”
Guardian reporter Benjamin Lee was one of the first journalists to call out Hart’s past remarks, sharing a collection of screenshots of the offending tweets, writing, “I wonder when Kevin Hart will be gonna start deleting all his old tweets?”
ET has reached out to the Academy for comment on Hart’s role as Oscars host as of which at of which point stands.
Following Hart’s announcement of which he would certainly not be hosting the Oscars, GLAAD released a statement.
“Kevin Hart shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up,” said GLAAD President in addition to CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Hart’s apology to LGBTQ people will be an important step forward, yet he missed a real opportunity to use his platform in addition to the Oscars stage to build unity in addition to awareness. We would certainly still welcome of which conversation with him. The Academy has recently made significant strides in featuring diverse talent onstage in addition to they should at of which point double down on of which commitment as they look for a brand new host.”
Watch the video below for a look back at when Hart first mentioned to ET how much he’d love to host the Oscars: