Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host after anti-gay comments surface

Image Kevin Hart Deletes Old Anti Gay Tweets After Being Chosen as Oscars Host Image #2

Earlier in the day Hart's response to criticism over homophobic tweets on further inflamed a backlash to the comedian two days after he was named host of the upcoming Academy Awards.

Kevin Hart has made a decision to step down from his hosting duties at the 2019 Oscars.

He said: "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past".

When news organizations noticed what he did, they started reposting screen grabs of the messages, including one from 2011 that read: "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".

Old, homophobic tweets by Kevin Hart (above) have drawn scrutiny.

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In a video rant posted to Instagram Hart, who in Sydney for a series of shows, said he refused to say sorry despite receiving an ultimatum from Oscars bosses.

Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-2011.

On Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" after years-old tweets surfaced in which he used gay slurs.

Hart said in a 2010 stand-up special that "if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will". This is not the first time this has come up.

The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday. I hope we can meet again, ' Hart tweeted.

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In a post on Instagram at about 11 p.m.

When it came to the joke about not wanting his son to be gay, Kevin told Weiner, "It's about my fear". If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. Instead, he reminds us that he was a very different person in 2009 - 2010, and that being concerned about his homophobic remarks makes you a troll. I am truly happy people... there is nothing that you can do to change that.

Lee also shared screenshots of now reportedly deleted tweets from Hart, in which the actor called someone a "fat fag" and asked why a social media user's profile photo looks "like a gay bill board (sic) for AIDS". I'm thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it?

He continued, "Guys - I'm nearly 40 years old".

It remains to be seen who will replace Hart as the host for the event, as reports earlier this week indicated that the producers were having a hard time finding willing participants for the role.

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It's unclear what will happen with Hart's hosting gig.

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