Despite claiming in the accompanying comment that people indeed learn, grow and mature, Kevin Hart refuses to engage with the conversation surrounding his homophobic output. "Or we're gonna have to move and find another host.' Talking about the tweets from 2009, 2010", Hart said in a new video posted Thursday evening.
Hart made the announcement on Twitter, apologising to the LGBTQI community for his "insensitive words" in the past.
The comedian would later post a second tweet, once again apologizing, and stating his position.
The controversy has set off a massive landslide on social media, with some being seemingly happy with Hart's withdrawal from Oscars hosting...
Kevin Hart is out as Oscars host. Hart is now touring Sydney, Australia. I will be sure to make this year's Oscars a special one. He chose the later, but went onto to apologize in his own terms anyway. The reason why I passed is that I've addressed this several times. "This is not the first time this has come up", he said. It's just a theory, but that theory is further supported by Hart's seeming inability to engage with the issue now that is firmly out in the open. In 2011, would-be Oscars producer Brett Ratner was forced to step down after making a homophobic comment in the months leading up the awards.
Hart's decision to quit will leave all eyes on who the Academy approach to replace him. Murphy soon after exited, as well. That year's Oscars were hosted by Billy Crystal, who jumped in at the last minute to save the show. Hopefully someone who won't offend.
The 91st Academy Awards will air February 24, 2019 on ABC. We're just supposed to assume he's changed because he's older, as if there's no such thing as a 40-year-old homophobe? There's still time to fix the situation. Discussing this bit today, Hart says, "It's about my fear". I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. The world is upset by tweets you did years ago.' My god. "I'm nearly 40 years old and I'm in love with the man I am becoming", Hart added.
"You have a rare opportunity to take responsibility, teach people in this moment, & send a message to LBGTQ youth that they matter & deserve dignity & respect", Griffin wrote.
The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star added, "I'm sorry that I hurt people".