Anthony Boreland // REVOLT
Kevin Hart's stint as the 2019 Oscars host unfortunately will not come into fruition.
As reported, days after being confirmed to host the annual awards show, the comedian decided not to move forward with the honor, responding to outrage that amassed after old homophobic tweets surfaced.
The tweets in question were posted between 2009 and 2011, with one framing a question about what he would do if he found out his son was playing with dolls.
"Yo if my son comes home & try's 2 play with my daughters doll house I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay'," one of the since-deleted tweets read.
"Our world is becoming beyond crazy," Hart said in a video posted to his Instagram, after word of the old tweets began to go viral. "And I'm not gonna let the craziness frustrate me … if you don't believe people change, grow, evolve as they get older, [then] I don't know what to tell you." In the accompanying caption for the post, he wrote, "If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I'm almost 40 years old and I'm in love with the man I am becoming."
Later on, Hart shared another update with fans, breaking the news that after being given an ultimatum to apologize for the old tweets by the Academy in order to move forward, he has opted out of apologizing, citing that he already has addressed the matter.
"I chose to pass, I passed on the apology," Hart shared in a video posted to his Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 6). "The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is 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, I've done it. I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old. I've moved on, I'm in a completely different space in my life. The same energy that went into finding those old tweets, could be the same energy put into finding the response to the questions that have been asked years after years after years."
Then, around midnight on Dec. 7, Hart confirmed that after stewing on the situation, he arrived at the decision to not go through with hosting the once-dream gig on his own terms.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's...." the comedian shared on Twitter. "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."
At the time of this report, a new host for the Oscars has not yet been revealed. Take a look at Kevin Hart explaining his perspective below.
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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 am truly happy people....there is nothing that you can do to change that...NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all....with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love....Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please....What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY.....ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you....Have a beautiful day
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.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018