Kevin Hart has officially stepped down from hosting the Oscars
2 days after Kevin Hart announced that he would be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards, he has officially stepped down
You might recall hearing about Kevin Hart announcing that he would be hosting the Oscars in 2019, in place of Jimmy Kimmel who's hosted for the last two years. As soon as the announcement was made, some people brought up tweets of Hart's from 2010 that alluded to him being homophobic and he has since backed down from being the Oscar host.
After seeing this @benfraserlee tweet, I did a search for every time Kevin Hart tweeted "fag," "homo," or "gay." It was…a lot. And he seems to have basically stopped tweeting those words after 2011 — i.e. the year his first stand-up movie became a hit. https://t.co/P8nTOilFgx pic.twitter.com/6uzPhnvt4F— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) December 5, 2018
On Twitter, Hart stated that he had "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. 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."
Some of the previous tweets said things like, "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'" - the comedian also used the word "fag" a few times. Once these tweets resurfaced, a slew of people began to comment that he shouldn't host the Oscars.
Prior to Hart deciding not to host the Oscars, he wrote on Instagram saying "Stop looking for reasons to be negative...Stop searching for reasons to be angry...I work hard on a daily basis to bring positivity to all...Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive."
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, Hart's comment from 2010's Seriously Funny was addressed. In the segment, Hart said, "One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That's a fear. Keep in mind I'm not homophobic...be happy. Do what you want to do. But I, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will." Rolling Stone brought the quote up and Hart's response was that he "wouldn't tell that joke today, because when [he] said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now." He concluded by saying, "I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren't necessarily big deals because we can."
The Academy has yet to announce who will replace Hart as the host for the Oscars. Who do you think should host the Oscars 2019? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more Oscar news and other entertaining reads.