Just hours after actor/comedian Kevin Hart announced that he was asked by the Academy to host the 2019 Award ceremony, Kevin took to social media to state that he will now be stepping down as host of said event.
This stems from some homophobic tweets jokes posted by the comedian back in 2009.
Just an hour before Hart’s rant he had gotten a call from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asking him to apologize, but said he refused I do so.
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“So, 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, currently on tour in Australia, said in a video posted to Instagram. “I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times.”
The comedian was tapped as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards this week, what he had called the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
“I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on, and I’m in a completely different space in my life,” the actor said. “I’m going to be me; I’m going to stand my ground. Regardless, Academy, I’m thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If that goes away, no harm, no foul.”
Kevin also added in another video:
“Stop looking for reasons to be negative...Stop searching for reasons to be angry,” Hart wrote on his social media account. He elaborated on those comments in a video, saying: “Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. if you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as people get older, I don’t know what to tell you.”
What at do you think critix, is the Academy making a huge mistake for holding Hart accountable? Is today’s generation way too sensitiv? Or should Kev own up to his mistakes apologize and host the show as planned?
We we want to know what you think!