Comedian Kevin Hart refused to lead the 2019 Oscars because of allegations of homophobia in 7-years-old tweets

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Just two days after he agreed.

Kevin Hart photo AP

On December 7, comedian and actor Kevin Hart refused to hold an Academy Award “Oscars” in 2019. According to him, the reason–the accusations of homophobia, which followed his jokes on Twitter, tweeted back in 2009 and 2011.

The fact that Hart will be leading the event, it became known on December 5. In his apology to the audience and the Academy, the comedian noted that he hopes to work again on the Oscars in the future.

“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. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
Kevin Hart
comedian

Hart’s statement followed a day after he spoke about the situation in his Instagram. The comic said that “the world has gone mad,” but he will not allow the charges to “piss him off.”

“My whole team says to me: “God, Kevin, the world is upset about the tweets made many years ago.” I am almost 40 years old. If you do not believe that people change, grow and develop, then I have nothing to say to you. If you want to make people make excuses for their past, then you do everything right.”
Kevin Hart
before cancellation of hosting Oscars 2019

Despite this, Hart still apologized for the old tweets–he explained that he did it under pressure from the Academy.

“I got a call from the Academy and said the following: “Kevin, apologize for your old tweets, or we will have to find another host.” I’m talking about tweets that I posted in 2009-2011. I decided to apologize.”
Kevin Hart
before cancellation of hosting Oscars 2019

“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 me, as a heterosexual make, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will,” Is one of the tweets that caused claims to Hart. More examples were published by activists who drove the query “gay” into a comic tweet over the past years. He was also reminded of the 2011 speech: Hart said he was afraid that his son would grow up gay. The comedian explained these words with the fact that these were exclusively his phobias, and he would not like to love his children less because of his orientation.

The ceremony of the Oscars will be held February 24, 2019, the nominees will be called on January 22. The film academy has not yet given official comments and did not say who will replace Hart as the host. TV presenter Jimmy Kimmel led the previous two ceremonies.


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