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Dec 6 - Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Refusing Academy Demand to Apologize


 


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Dec 6 - Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Refusing Academy Demand to Apologize
 

 
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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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Kevin Hart is stepping down as Oscars host just two days after the Academy announced he would take on the high-profile gig. The move came amid a mounting controversy after old tweets surfaced in which Hart expressed anti-gay sentiments and used homophobic terminology and slurs.

In a tweet late Thursday, Hart officially withdrew from hosting the Oscars, something he had long wanted to do."I sorry the I hurt people," he wrote. "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."

Earlier in the evening, Hart had posted an Instagram video from Sydney, Australia, where he is touring, saying that he had refused a demand from the Academy to apologize. He said the Academy gave him an ultimatum: apologize for his old tweets or step down as Oscars host.

"I passed. The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up," he said. "Regardless, to the Academy, I'm thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul," Hart added.

The Academy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But for the Academy, the situation smacks of déjà vu. In late 2011, Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 84th Academy Awards after saying "rehearsal is for f*gs" in a public Q&A for his film Tower Heist. Ratner's exit led to the departure of Eddie Murphy, that year's announced host, who stepped down in solidarity. (Billy Crystal filled in.)

Losing Hart as host will put even more pressure on Donna Gigliotti, who is producing the 91st Oscars, set to be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 24. This week's announcement that Hart would host came relatively late in the process. Now, finding a new host to take on emcee duties could be even more difficult.

Earlier in the day, Hart issued an Instagram video in which he said, "I swear, man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I'm not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space that I am at now."

He continued, “My team calls me, 'Oh my, God, Kevin, this world is upset about tweets you did years ago.'Guys. I'm almost 40 years old. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don't know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I'm the wrong guy, man," Hart says. "I'm in a great place, a great mature place, where all I do is spread positivity."

The tweets in question included a 2011 tweet in which the comedian and movie star had written, "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.'" In another from 2010, Hart says someone's profile pic looks "like a gay bill board for AIDS." In another written in 2009, he called someone a "fat faced f*g."

Those tweets and many more like them could be found as recently as Tuesday, the day Hart was announced as host. But as word of them began to spread in the days following, they began to disappear.

The tweets drew condemnation from the likes of actor-comedian Billy Eichner, who tweeted, "You can tell its not just a joke — there's real truth, anger & fear behind these. I hope Kevin's thinking has evolved since 2011."

Journalist Mark Harris went even further, tweeting the choice of Hart as host was "out-of-sync for a year in which Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali, Richard E. Grant, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Lucas Hedges could all get nominated for playing LBGTQ characters."

GLAAD reached out to ABC, the Academy and Hart’s management to "discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage," said Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer for GLAAD. He said they did not immediately respond.

It was not the first time Hart's thoughts on LGBT people have caused controversy. A 2011 standup routine about his then 3-year-old son having a "gay moment" — "You've got to nip it in the bud!" he warned the audience — was criticized as promoting homophobic and dangerous parenting, according to The Guardian.

Pose star Indya Moore — whose groundbreaking trans series drew Golden Globe nominations for best drama and best actor (for Billy Porter) — penned a lengthy Twitter thread that laid into Hart for "s*xualizing" his son in his 2011 routine, adding, "'Your choice to prevent' your child from being 'gay' is fear driver. You ARE homophobic Kevin."

"You @KevinHart4real are NOT FIT a model, or representative to Host for the @TheAcademy which CELEBRATES & WELCOMES talent of all genders, s*xualities, & ethnicities," Moore continued. Poseexecutive producer Ryan Murphy retweeted several of the tweets.

Hart told Rolling Stone in 2015 that he wouldn't tell the joke again, "because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now."
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302 comments for "Dec 6 - Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Refusing Academy Demand to Apologize"

 3 months ago '16        #2
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 3 months ago '05        #3
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Trying to make him apologize for sh*t he said 7 years ago or they'll take the job away? fu*k off. They came to him, not the other way around.
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 3 months ago '18        #4
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Kevin hart told Oscar
"if you can take a d*ck, you can take joke"

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 3 months ago '18        #5
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 QualityRecords said
Trying to make him apologize for sh*t he said 7 years ago or they'll take the job away? fu*k off. They came to him, not the other way around.
first Jay turns down the super bowl now this

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 3 months ago '18        #6
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You already know @ f*ggot a*s was leading the way to force Kevin into an apology. @ super down with pro-LGBTQ movement and liberals

little queer prolly gettin d*cked down right now



fu*king fruit cake

MAGA would never stand for this f*ggotry


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 3 months ago '18        #7
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 Binary said
You already know @ f*ggot a*s was leading the way to force Kevin into an apology. @ super down with pro-LGBTQ movement and liberals




fu*king fruit cake

MAGA would never stand for this f*ggotry

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ya'll want out that closet so bad
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 3 months ago '05        #8
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Glad he didn't apologize. fu*k the Oscars. Low a*s rated show.


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 3 months ago '15        #9
donnyyy 15 heat pts15
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Oh well. Wasn't going to watch anyway, but hopefully the prestige of it starts dying off anyway.
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 3 months ago '11        #10
BtMkRs 13 heat pts13
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Time to stop apologizing
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 3 months ago '09        #11
UrbanEnterprise 174 heat pts174
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props to Hart

fu*k them mentally ill f*ggots
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 3 months ago '05        #12
bootsy 
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 BtMkRs said
Time to stop apologizing
Amen to this.
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 3 months ago '17        #13
TrillestTalk404 26 heat pts26
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If they wanted Kevin Hart to step down cause he's simply not funny I would actually understand...but not over old tweets
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 3 months ago '17        #14
Fortune 174 heat pts174
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It's slowly happening.
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 3 months ago '14        #15
Pdouble69 37 heat pts37
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No need to apologize. I hate how sensitive everything has gotten when it comes to gay sh*t. Like it’s taboo now to even say one negative word about somebody who’s gay or else you’re a “homophobe”, God forbid

What’s fu*ked up tho is the gay mafia really does control sh*t now to the point that they can fu*k with your career if they don’t like some sh*t you said back when it was ok to speak your mind

fu*k that sh*t I can say what I want. If I feel that a man liking men is weird I can feel that way and if f*gs don’t like it, tough sh*t


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 3 months ago '04        #16
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The religious left.
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 3 months ago '17        #17
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whats up with this "yo i just woke up" talkin to the camera sh*t?

feel awkward as fu*k watchin a man lay in bed talkin to his phone
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 3 months ago '16        #18
TheRealFetti 294 heat pts294
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people are so soft nowadays, like the man wrote that ignorant sh*t years ago, like do you not believe that a man can change his mentality?
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 3 months ago '10        #19
Black Excellence 231 heat pts231
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Black man don’t need the Oscars
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 3 months ago '15        #20
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 niruggg said
first Jay turns down the super bowl now this

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Not the same. Hart accepted first. And was elated to do it.

n*gga may as well had apologized. They already made him wear a dress and sell his soul for money.

That n*gga don’t stand for a damn thing...
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 3 months ago '16        #21
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these f*ggots got too much power. Its like back then they were skinny in numbers and now theyre on steroids
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 3 months ago '06        #22
B Ray 14 heat pts14
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fu*k all these major awards shows... They all give a false sense of accomplishment anyways
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 3 months ago '07        #23
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Fam couldve kept the gig and said my bad.

Now he saying sorry on his way out the door lmao.

Lmao kevin hart might be slow. He cant hold himself accountable for sh*t. Whether its cheating, the kids party or this. Fam too prideful and dumb. You aint even gotta mean the apology. Just say it f*ggot.
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 3 months ago '15        #24
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 Binary said
You already know @ f*ggot a*s was leading the way to force Kevin into an apology. @ super down with pro-LGBTQ movement and liberals




fu*king fruit cake

MAGA would never stand for this f*ggotry

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 3 months ago '17        #25
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Tough break but he kept it G.
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