Kevin Hart gave up his hosting gig for the 2019 Oscars, roughly one hour after sharing he wouldn’t oblige the Academy’s request to apologize for his anti-gay tweets. See his announcement, in which he finally apologizes to the LGBTQ community.
The 2019 Oscars is getting a new host. Kevin Hart, 39, is stepping down from the job, which he announced in a tweet on Dec. 6. “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,” the Night School star revealed. And he finally apologized for his offensive tweets, as he wrote, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.” The apology continued into another tweet!
“I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so,” the comedian continued. “My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.” The apology comes as a surprise, as the comedian was pretty adamant about not saying sorry just one hour ago.
“I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we’re going to have to move on and find another host.’ I’m talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010,” he said in an Instagram video, also posted on Dec. 6. “I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. 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 place in my life.”
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