Kevin Hart won’t host the Oscars after his homophobic tweets resurfaced earlier this week.
Almost as soon as the comedian was announced as the host for next year’s Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has stood down from presenting the ceremony. On Thursday, Hart tweeted explaining why he had decided to give up his “dream gig.”
“I have made the choice to step down from host this year’s Oscars… this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so amazing talented artists,” Har wrote.
The actor is being criticized for sharing homophobic tweets in the past. The tweets, between 2009 and 2011, include derogatory language referring to gay people and made disparaging comments about sexuality. The actor has deleted many of the messages since.
“Yo if my so n comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughter’s doll house, I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay’” one of the tweets reads.
“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart wrote. “I’m sorry that I hurt people,” he also tweeted Thursday night. “I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart.”
Now that Kevin Hart won’t host the Oscars, could this be the right time to finally stop comedians from presenting the ceremony for good?