Kevin Hart was announced as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards and also has a new movie on the way. Both of those huge announcements have been derailed by the revival of past homophobic tweets. The tweets included suggesting that he would tell his son certain actions were gay and slurs.


After the backlash, Kevin Hart shared a video on Instagram stating that he would not apologize after being issued an ultimatum by the Academy to keep his position as the host.

“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. 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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After his initial refusal, Kevin Hart took to Twitter to offer an apology and to withdraw as host of the Oscars.