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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."

Watch the video below.

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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