Twitter found Oscars host Kevin Hart's homophobic jokes

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2018

The 39-year-old comedian took to Twitter on Thursday (December 6) to explain his choice to fans, which he made after facing concerns about his history of homophobic tweets that recently resurfaced.

GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said Thursday that it has reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart's management to 'discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record'.

Hart continued, "You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE". Hiding behind his brand of happiness and posi-vibes, he finished by declaring "I live to love", and telling everyone to "Have a lovely day".

The Jumanji star has spoken about that 2010 gay joke before.

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many incredible talented artists", he wrote on Twitter Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Hart (or someone from his team) has had a busy 24 hours deleting his past homophobic tweets. And in 2010, he joked that he feared his son would be "growing up and being gay".

Dating as far back as 2009, the tweets seemed to bubble furiously to the top of timelines across the web when industry types and film fans connected that Hart would take the stage for an annual event sacred to American women and gay men, as well as cinephiles and show business brass. Do what you want to do. 'Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men.

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. That's a fear. Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic.Be happy.

Hart will host the 2019 Academy Awards, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the actor-comedian.

Hart got the Oscars hosting gig on Tuesday. "I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it's suppose to", he captioned the picture. The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time....

Last May, Hart - he'd be taking over hosting duties from Jimmy Kimmel - expressed interest in taking on the hosting role for the Oscars. As Benjamin Lee points out in a piece for The Guardian, when Hart was asked in 2015 about joking about not wanting his son to be gay, he said, "I wouldn't tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now". "It would be great to say I had that moment".

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