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Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Offensive Tweets Come Back to Haunt Him

By Anna Quintana

Two days after announcing he would be the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, Kevin Hart shocked fans and revealed his decision to step down amid the controversy surrounding his nearly decade-old homophobic tweets. 

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

But why did Kevin really step down as the Oscars host? 

Just hours before, Kevin refused to apologize for the homophobic comments he made in 2009,  despite being asked to do so my the Academy or get replaced as the host. "I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. Reason that I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up," he said in a video he uploaded on Instagram. "I've spoken on it, I've said what the rights and wrongs were. I've said who I am now versus who I was then. I've done it. I've done it. I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different space in my life."