Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting 2019 Oscars, Refuses to Apologise for Past Anti-Gay Comments
In a new Instagram video, Hart, who was tapped to emcee the ceremony earlier this week, reportedly says the Academy called him issuing an ultimatum if things were going to proceed as planned.
Image Courtesy: Twitter/Kevin Hart
Comedian Kevin Hart was amidst controversies for making homophobic comments earlier. Refusing to apologise for his anti-gay comments despite Academy Awards' ultimatum, he steps down from hosting the 2019 Oscars.
On Friday morning, he took to Twitter inform about the same.
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.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
He wrote, "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."
He also posted a video on Instagram talking about the call he received from the Academy, "I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we are going to have to move on and find another host'. I'm talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010," the 39-year-old comedian said.
Elaborating his reason for passing on the apology he said, "I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I have addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I have addressed it. I have spoken on it. I have said where the rights and wrongs were."
"I have said who I am now versus who I was then. I have done it. I am not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I have moved on and I am in a completely different place in my life," he added.
He also posted an elaborate caption with the video. He wrote, "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" (sic)
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