Kevin Hart said he will not host the Oscars after coming under fire for his past homophobic tweets.
The tweets were posted between 2009 and 2011.
"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,’” one tweet said.
Other tweets made jokes about AIDS and “fags.”
Hart announced on Twitter that he will not host the Oscars.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's," he wrote. "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."
Hart said earlier on Instagram that the Academy asked him to apologize or they would find a new host. He said he chose to step down instead of apologizing (even though he did later apologize in his statement) because he didn’t want to “feed the internet trolls.”
"The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times," Hart said. "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 space in my life."
Some say apology accepted:
“I’m no saint. We just wanted a little understanding, a little explanation. Apologies are tough - they leave you vulnerable. Toxic masculinity is real. I deal with it in my own way too. So on that note, I appreciate @KevinHart4real apologizing. And apology accepted. That’s all,” wrote actor Billy Eichner.
GLAAD wishes Hart “stepped up”:
“Kevin Hart shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Hart’s apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness. We would still welcome that conversation with him. The Academy has recently made significant strides in featuring diverse talent onstage and they should now double down on that commitment as they look for a new host.”