Kevin Hart’s stint as an Oscar host lasted just a few hours. Shortly after it was announced that the Central Intelligence star would host the next Academy Awards, controversial comments that Hart made on social media and in his past stand-up surfaced, and pressure was put on Hart to step down. Thursday night, he issued these Tweets:
The comments that were dug up on Kevin Hart’s social media were homophobic in nature. But the comedian was towing a different line earlier in the day, saying that he has been well aware of those old comments, and stating that he has addressed them repeatedly in the past, and shown that he has grown as a person, and as a performer.
In fact, in this video, Kevin Hart basically says that he received a phone call from the Academy telling him to apologize, or they’d have to find a new host. And Hart says he refuses to give into the Internet trolls, and that the same energy used to dig up those old Tweets could also be used to find the conversations that already have happened AFTER he addressed those Tweets.
But something happened between this video and the Tweets above, because Kevin Hart ultimately decided not to be a distraction, and to remove himself from the telecast.