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EntertainmentKevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Refusing Academy Demand to Apologize For Past Anti-Gay Comments

07:40  07 december  2018
07:40  07 december  2018 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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Oscars host Kevin Hart says the Academy has asked him to apologize for years-old homophobic tweets or the organization will cut ties. BREAKING: Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscar Host . Kevin Hart Refuses to Apologize , Despite Academy Ultimatum, for Past Anti - Gay Comments .

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Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Refusing Academy Demand to Apologize For Past Anti-Gay Comments

Kevin Hart is stepping down as Oscars host just two days after the Academy announced he would take on the high-profile gig. The move came amid a mounting controversy after old tweets surfaced in which Hart expressed anti-gay sentiments and used homophobic terminology and slurs.

Late on Thursday, Hart posted an Instagram video from Sydney, Australia, where he is touring, saying that he had refused a demand from the Academy to apologize. He said the Academy gave him an ultimatum: apologize for his old tweets or step down as Oscars host.

"I passed. The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up," he said. "Regardless, to the Academy, I'm thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul," Hart added.

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After two years of straight white host Jimmy Kimmel’s rather dull shtick and after an increased push to improve the diversity of voters, choosing an During the same period, Hart revealed that he turned down a role in 2008’s Tropic Thunder because the character was gay and his behaviour was “real

The comedian Kevin Hart , who has long said that he would like to one day host the Academy Awards, will serve as M.C. for the 91st Oscars ceremony on Feb. The Oscars is a tricky hybrid — a stage show on TV celebrating movies — and past hosts have received blowback from critics and viewers.

For the Academy, the situation smacks of déjà vu. In late 2011, Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 84th Academy Awards after saying "rehearsal is for fags" in a public Q&A for his film Tower Heist. Ratner's exit led to the departure of Eddie Murphy, that year's announced host, who stepped down in solidarity. (Billy Crystal filled in.)

Losing Hart as host will put even more pressure on Donna Gigliotti, who is producing the 91st Oscars, set to be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 24. This week's announcement that Hart would host came relatively late in the process. Now, finding a new host to take on emcee duties could be even more difficult.

Earlier in the day, Hart issued an Instagram video in which he said, "I swear, man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I'm not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space that I am at now."

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Newly-minted Oscar host Kevin Hart ‘s attempt to quell a growing backlash concerning his anti - gay social media 24, Hart ’s homophobic twitter past has come under new scrutiny. Hart ’s comments drew widespread scorn on Twitter, with some calling for the Academy to drop him as Oscar host .

He continued, “My team calls me, 'Oh my, God, Kevin, this world is upset about tweets you did years ago.'Guys. I'm almost 40 years old. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don't know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I'm the wrong guy, man," Hart says. "I'm in a great place, a great mature place, where all I do is spread positivity."

The tweets in question included a 2011 tweet in which the comedian and movie star had written, "Yo if my son comes home & try's 2 play with my daughters doll house I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay.'" In another from 2010, Hart says someone's profile pic looks "like a gay bill board for AIDS." In another written in 2009, he called someone a "fat faced fag."

Those tweets and many more like them could be found as recently as Tuesday, the day Hart was announced as host. But as word of them began to spread in the days following, they began to disappear.

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The tweets drew condemnation from the likes of actor-comedian Billy Eichner, who tweeted, "You can tell its not just a joke — there's real truth, anger & fear behind these. I hope Kevin's thinking has evolved since 2011."

Journalist Mark Harris went even further, tweeting the choice of Hart as host was "out-of-sync for a year in which Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali, Richard E. Grant, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Lucas Hedges could all get nominated for playing LBGTQ characters."

GLAAD reached out to ABC, the Academy and Hart’s management to "discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage," said Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer for GLAAD. He said they did not immediately respond.

It was not the first time Hart's thoughts on LGBT people have caused controversy. A 2011 standup routine about his then 3-year-old son having a "gay moment" — "You've got to nip it in the bud!" he warned the audience — was criticized as promoting homophobic and dangerous parenting, according to The Guardian.

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Kevin Hart will host the 91st Academy Awards in February 2019. The Ride Along and Night School star explained: 'For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it

Pose star Indya Moore — whose groundbreaking trans series drew Golden Globe nominations for best drama and best actor (for Billy Porter) — penned a lengthy Twitter thread that laid into Hart for "sexualizing" his son in his 2011 routine, adding, "'Your choice to prevent' your child from being 'gay' is fear driver. You ARE homophobic Kevin."

"You @KevinHart4real are NOT FIT a model, or representative to Host for the @TheAcademy which CELEBRATES & WELCOMES talent of all genders, sexualities, & ethnicities," Moore continued. Poseexecutive producer Ryan Murphy retweeted several of the tweets.

Hart told Rolling Stone in 2015 that he wouldn't tell the joke again, "because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now."

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