Kevin Hart Steps Down As Oscar Host After Escalating Backlash

Well, that was fast.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Kevin Hart snagged hosting duties at the 91st Academy Awards. Almost immediately, the 39-year-old comedian’s Twitter past came back to haunt him, specifically all his anti-gay comments. The biggest offender was the following.

“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,’ ” read a 2011 tweet that Hart deleted this week, according to BuzzFeed News.

Even though, Hart frantically deleted his homophobic tweets, the backlash escalated. So much so, the Academy reached out to Hart to issue an apology. “So 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 and find another host,’” he says in the video. “They’re talking about the tweets from 2009, 2010.”

Well, that didn’t happen. Hart refused to do so as you can see in the video below.

An hour after he released the video, Hart officially stepped down as host. “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” Hart tweeted. “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.”

Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this whole brouhaha. Personally, I wouldn’t want to be judged for things I did or said a decade ago, especially being a comedian in his case. You’re bound to offend people. Where Hart failed though, IMHO, was his refusal to apologize and be sincere for his past offending comments. In the end, he did apologize, but it was too little, too late. Clearly, he hasn’t changed that much and doesn’t get it.

Thoughts on Hart getting the job, not apologizing and then stepping down? Weigh in below.