Kevin Hart steps down from hosting Oscars over controversial tweets

Twitter found Oscars host Kevin Hart's homophobic jokes

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.

"I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we're going to have to move on and find another host, '" Hart said in an Instagram video posted last Thursday night.

"Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, do what you want to do, but me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will, " Hart said. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past".

Hart took to Instagram to address the situation on Thursday night, and his response stops short of an apology. "I'm nearly 40 years old and I'm in love with the man that I am becoming".

Well, you know what they say: The best way to show everyone you know how to "live" "learn" "grow" and "mature" is by blaming them for the consequences of your own actions.

"The team calls me, 'oh my god Kevin the world is upset about tweets you did years ago, ' oh my god", Hart said, rubbing his eyes in frustration.

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His sentiments may not go over well with dolled-up attendees to Hollywood's Dolby Theater on Oscar Sunday, where several high-profile depictions of queer people are likely to be celebrated - like the female love triangle of The Favourite in Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz; Melissa McCarthy's take on Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Hart was announced Wednesday as the host of the Academy Awards, but that position is now in doubt. I've said who I am now versus who I was then. "I swear, our world is becoming beyond insane, and I'm not gonna let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I've worked hard to get to the mental space that I'm at now", he says.

In a post on Instagram at about 11 p.m. Wrong Eniko, I'm judging him right now.

Representatives for the Academy, which organizes the Oscars, did not immediately respond to EW's request for comment on Hart's decision to step down. In the 2010 special "Seriously Funny, " he said "one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay".

The comic also continued to place blame and direct his ire at those who resurfaced his tweets in the first place, insinuating that they did so out of malicious spite or in an effort to gain temporary fame.

When it came to the joke about not wanting his son to be gay, Kevin told Weiner, "It's about my fear". Then, homophobic tweets between 2009 and 2011 were unearthed, sparking outrage.

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