Kevin Hart steps down from hosting Oscars after backlash over homophobic tweets

By : Meghan Sweeney
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Comedian Kevin Hart announced on Twitter Dec. 6 that he is stepping down as Oscar host.  Hart made the announcement after a series of homophobic tweets were discovered on his account.

The tweets, which were posted from 2009 through 2011, feature anti-LGBTQ slurs and homophobic terminology. In a since deleted tweet from 2010, Hart says someone’s profile pic looks “like a gay bill board for AIDS.” In another deleted tweet from 2009, he referred to a user as a “fat faced fag.”

Not all of the tweets have been deleted and some can still be found on his Twitter page.

After the initial backlash Kevin took to Instagram to insist that The Academy had been made aware of these tweets and he would not be stepping down.

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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day

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Just hours after posting that video, Hart made the decision to step down in a series of tweets, saying he did not “want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.”

The Academy has not named a replacement for Hart as of yet.

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