Kevin Hart will not host the 91st Academy Awards. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past", wrote Hart. Now with that being said, I don't know if I handled my son's first gay moment correctly.
In one tweet, which was posted in 2011, Hart said if his son were to come home and try to play with his daughter's doll house that he would "break it over his head". Hart initially refused to revisit the issue, which he claimed he had addressed several times in the past.
"It would be something I would definitely do just to say I did it in my career", he told Variety at the time.
"I've said who I am now versus who I was then". But we hope he has a handsome day.
The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday.
The Academy is yet to respond to the outcry to dump him as host although there is some precedence in its history to do just that as Brett Ratnor was forced to resign as a producer for the 2011 show after video of him saying "rehearsing is for fags" was leaked. He said, "Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic".
Whether or not Hart at all recognizes the "negativity" of his own early, homophobic comedy remains to be seen. "I'm nearly 40 years old". NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all. with that being said. I'm thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it?
The Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. If you don't believe people change, grow as they get older, I don't know what to tell you.
In a past interview, Hart said that he isn't anti-gay and added that he had "nothing against gay people", but said that "One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay".
Hart's defenders are few and far between with really only his wife stepping in to say that only God can judge him.
In another of the tweets in question, Hart jokes that someone's Twitter profile pic looks "like a gay billboard for AIDS".
GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, had said on Thursday that it reached out to Oscars broadcaster the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Mr Hart's management to "discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record". Murphy soon after exited, as well.