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Kevin Hart Steps Down As Oscars Host After Backlash Over Anti-Gay Jokes

"I'm sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so."

Update: 12:01 am ET (Dec. 7, 2018) - Kevin Hart has decided to step down from hosting the Oscars. He also issued an apology to his family and fans.

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's," he announced. "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."

He 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."

Update: 11:45 am ET (Dec. 6, 2018) - Kevin Hart is not backing down despite the backlash regarding his past homophobic comments. The comedian revealed on Instagram that the Academy asked him to apologize or else they would be forced to take action against him, but he is refusing to do so.

"So, I just got a call from the Academy," Kevin said in the video. "That call basically said 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or were going to have to move on and find another host.' Talking about the tweets from 2009-2010 [...] I passed on the apology."

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READ MORE: Kevin Hart Already Apologized For Previous Anti-Gay Jokes

 

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Kevin Hart is busy celebrating his new gig of hosting the 91st Academy Awards in Feb. 2019, but not everyone is as happy about him getting the job. The comedian's previous tweets in which he made homophobic remarks have resurfaced months before the awards show, but Hart isn't willing to let the hate cloud his moment. He addressed the controversy in a new video on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 6).

"Stop looking for reasons to be negative...Stop searching for reasons to be angry," he wrote in the caption. "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."

Hart also stated that he is a different man today than he was when he first tweeted those comments. "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," he continued. "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..."

He added: "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" The video also elaborated on his thoughts and how frustrating and "crazy" the Internet has gotten.

Interestingly enough, Hart already addressed this controversy when it was first brought up years ago. In a June 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, the actor apologized for suggesting he wouldn't accept his son if he were gay.  "I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now," he said at the time. "I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals because we can."

Despite the drama, Kevin Hart will host the 2019 Oscars ceremony on Feb. 24, 2019. Check out his full comments 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

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To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

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Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.

 

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Over the weekend, a 2006 video of @oprah tasting an *interesting* chicken dish made its rounds online. We asked the O of O, what REALLY went through her mind as the cameras were on her—and she answered. Swipe left if you haven’t seen the hysterical video! #tbt

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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

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According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

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Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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