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Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting The 2019 Oscars After Homophobic Tweets Resurface

by Olivia Jakiel

What a roller coaster of a week for Kevin Hart.

Earlier this week, the 39-year-old comedian was elated to announce he would be hosting the 2019 Oscars — a dream of his since he could remember.

“I am so happy to say the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars,” he wrote in a long-winded Instagram post only 48 hours ago. “I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the list of legendary host that have graced the stage is unbelievable.”

However, many social media users across the globe unearthed “vulgar, homophobic tweets of his” from 2009 and 2010, which prompted the actor to step down from his hosting gig. GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, also tweeted about the findings, writing, “We’ve reached out to , and ’s management to discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage.”

Kevin posted a video to Instagram Thursday night, saying, “Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow as they get older…I don’t know what to tell you.” He also issued an apology on Twitter, writing, “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

You can listen to his full video statement on Instagram.

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