Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host after three days of controversy

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Kevin Hart has landed in hot water after deleting old anti-gay tweets from his Twitter after being announced as the host of this year's Oscars. Following the announcement that Hart would host, derogatory comments and tweets previously made by the comedian about the LGBTQ community were unearthed which has now resulted in him stepping down.

"This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many fantastic talented artists". "This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many unbelievable talented artists".

Kevin Hart took to Instagram on Thursday after old tweets resurfaced that included homophobic expressions.

In an earlier Instagram post today, Hart addressed the controversy and said, "I'm nearly 40 years old and I'm in love with the man that I am becoming".

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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. In the passionate Instagram video, Hart tells the world, "So I just got a call from The Academy".

This is a breaking story and will be updated. Much love & appreciation to the Academy.

Rodriguez thinks Hart should still host the Oscars. I hope we can meet again, ' Hart tweeted.

The 39-year-old actor first broke his silence on the controversy Thursday afternoon in a video explaining that he's a different person now than he was, and adding that he's "in a great place [in his life]. The reason why I've passed is that I've addressed it several times".

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It's possible the Academy will consider Hart's statements sufficiently in the past and move on, but it's tough to say what will happen next.

Old, homophobic tweets by Kevin Hart (above) have drawn scrutiny.

"Stop looking for reasons to be negative..." But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all.with that being said. I'm the wrong guy, man.

With the entertainment industry at the fore of societal change amongst the #MeToo era, having an Academy Awards host who not only has a past riddled with latent homophobia, but refuses to acknowledge or apologise for it, is a backwards step. Even though Hart is now deleting the offending tweets, one imagines he hasn't had a change of, ahem, heart about them.

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