Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Homophobic Tweet Backlash

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ended up looking for a new host for the 91st Academy Awards less than 36 hours after naming Kevin Hart for the slot.

The comic also continued to place blame and direct his ire at those who resurfaced his tweets in the first place, insinuating that they did so out of malicious spite or in an effort to gain temporary fame.

Kevin Hart has apologised over homophobic tweets he made between 2009 and 2012. Before leaving the high profile position, he posted a video telling his side of the situation.

"By tomorrow Kevin Hart will issue a statement", author Roxane Gay tweeted. Some of the tweets have since been deleted. He also offered up an apology so many had asked before, "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past".

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The actor and comedian's response to the outcry attracted a further backlash, as he wrote on Instagram that should critics should "stop being negative". Hart is now touring Sydney, Australia.

After reportedly being told by the Academy that he'd have to apologise or they'd fire him from the host role, Hart posted another video saying he'd rather quit than say sorry. He chose the later, but went onto to apologize in his own terms anyway.

"This is not the first time this has come up", he told his Instagram followers shortly after receiving the call from the Academy. I appreciate (the Academy) for the opportunity.

Instead we've been treated to a few posts on social media in which Kevin Hart insists he's a family man and calls those who are outraged by his remarks "angry people". This incident is very similar to what happened with Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner back in 2011. While the heads over at the Academy haven't mentioned canceling Hart yet, we've seen damaging tweets derail celebrities before. This year's Oscar nominees are expected to be announced on January 22, while the ceremony is scheduled for February 24. Hopefully someone who won't offend. The show is hoping to liven things up this year. There's still time to fix the situation. Not that I'm not gonna love my son or think about him any differently. I'm thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? "I've done it", Kevin continued. NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all... with that being said if you want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me.

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