Oscars 2019: Kevin Hart quits as host amid tweets row

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Kevin Hart also had a pattern of calling people "fag" on Twitter, and at one point called someone "a gay bill board [sic] for AIDS" - all of which seems pretty intense for someone recently chosen to host the Academy Awards, which have always been a big to-do for the LGBTQ community.

In the tweets, Hart said he did "not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many incredible, talented artists".

Hart said today on Twitter, "I was asked the most awesome question from my kids today on the phone ... they said "Dad why don't you get mad when people talk about you on the internet" ... my answer was 'I never see that stuff because I'm too busy being happy & loving you 2'".

He also offered an apology for the LGBTQ community for "my insensitive words from my past".

A video Hart posted earlier on Thursday finds him laying in bed reacting to the coverage of his homophobic tweets. "I'm not gonna continue to go back and tap into the days of old, when I've moved on, and I'm in a completely different space in my life".

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".

In light of the resurgence in accusations of bigotry, Hart has today posted a video on Instagram that can be pretty much summed up as "leave me alone, I don't give a shit".

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

"This is not the first time this has come up", he told his Instagram followers shortly after receiving the call from the Academy. Regardless, Academy, I'm thankful and appreciative of the opportunity.

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It remains to be seen who will replace Hart as the host for the event, as reports earlier this week indicated that the producers were having a hard time finding willing participants for the role.

Rodriguez thinks Hart should still host the Oscars.

"I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars", Hart continued.

But several of the tweets were screenshot by Twitter users like journalist Benjamin Lee and spread online, sparking an angry reaction.

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.

On Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" after years-old tweets surfaced in which he used gay slurs. In the 2010 special "Seriously Funny, " he said "one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay".

GLAAD, the gay rights advocacy organization, wrote on Twitter that they reached out to Hart, ABC Network and the Oscars to discuss the tweets. I'm not going to do it, man.

This leaves the award show without a host for the time being, although the search for a replacement is surely on. 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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