Kevin Hart Gets Oscars Hosting Gig, Starts Deleting Old Homophobic Tweets

Kevin Hart seen attending the NFL Honors ceremony in February. Just a couple of days after he was announced as host of the next Oscars awards ceremony the comedian said he would be stepping down amid a firestorm over his past tweets

Kevin Hart seen attending the NFL Honors ceremony in February. Just a couple of days after he was announced as host of the next Oscars awards ceremony the comedian said he would be stepping down amid a firestorm over his past tweets

Comedian and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star Kevin Hart defended himself against the criticism he has faced since being named the next host of the Oscars, telling critics who brought up old homophobic tweets and his controversial past to "take your negative energy and put it into something constructive".

As we have previously reported, Kevin Hart was officially announced yesterday as host of the 2019 Oscars, which will be televised on February 24.

"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'.

In a video on Instagram, Hart said the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave him an ultimatum: apologize or "we're going to have to move on and find another host". On the 4th of December, Tuesday, the 39-year-old comedian said he would be at the helm of the Oscars next year.

While he states that he "love [s] everybody", he feels he should not be accountable for his past actions as people "change, grow, [and] evolve as they get older".

"It would be something I would definitely do just to say I did it in my career", he told Variety at the time.

This is a breaking story and will be updated. I have nothing against gay people.

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Hart reportedly deleted a number of homophobic messages - some of which were almost a decade old - after getting picked to host the 2019 awards show on Tuesday. In 2010 during his Seriously Funny standup special, Hart delivered an extended joke based on a fear of his three-year-old son Hendrix turning out gay.

GLAAD, a media watchdog that protects and promotes dignified representation of queer people, reached out to Hart, the film academy and ABC, which airs the telecast.

"I chose to pass on the apology", Hart said. "Stop searching for reasons to be angry", Hart wrote in his Instagram, along with a grainy video of him shirtless expressing the same sentiments.

According to BuzzFeed, The Guardian's Benjamin Lee was the first to notice Hart began deleting years-old tweets with homophobic jokes.

Hart was tapped the host the Oscars earlier this week, amid reports that the job had become increasingly hard to fill. But they had already been screen-captured and been shared online.

When it came to the joke about not wanting his son to be gay, Kevin told Weiner, "It's about my fear".

"For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same..."

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