Wednesday afternoon, comedian Kevin Hart announced that he would be the host for the upcoming 91st annual Academy Awards. However after a lot of controversy over some past tweets the comedian made, by Thursday night, he had stepped down.
This all happened over previous anti-gay tweets, and comments Hart made during stand-up routines nearly 10 years ago. Some of the tweets were deleted throughout the day on Thursday, leading to an Instagram video from the comedian that only made matters worse.
“My team calls me, ‘Oh my God, Kevin, everyone’s upset by tweets you did years ago,’” he said in that video. “Guys, I’m nearly 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify the past, do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.”
Those words were considered to be a non-apology for some. Hours later, Hart resurfaced with another video stating that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had given him an ultimatum: Apologize or we’ll find a new host.
“I chose to pass on the apology,” the 39-year-old actor-comedian said in the video. “The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different place in my life.”
Less than two hours later, Hart announced via Twitter that he was removing himself from the opportunity, and apologized.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars,” he wrote. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. 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 and appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”
The lesson in this story is that you have to always be wise about what you say, but at the same time, never say anything that will come back to haunt you. Honestly I was looking forward to seeing Kevin host the Oscars just as much as I was when Chris Rock hosted. I just knew there was going to be a ton of jokes to make the show worth watching. I think we live in a world where we can forgive and maybe the Academy should forgive and allow Kevin to still host the Oscars! That’s just my opinion so who knows.
We are so quick to bring up the past of others but how many of us have a past? I’m sure no one in Hollywood is perfect and I’m sure every individual there has done something in the dark that they don’t want the world to know. This man has proven that he has changed and matured since 10 years ago. I’m so tired of people acting like they are so perfect. None of us are who we were 10 years ago! In the most recent video below with Steve Harvey, he states that he loves everybody!
It’s time we stop searching for reasons to create negativity. I hate to say it but we have become such a sensitive society overall. We want everyone to basically be clones when it comes to their thoughts and opinions. True enough, I don’t agree with dissing anyone based off of their sexuality but we have got to let people be human and have their own personal opinions without forcing our ways upon them. This man has every right to feel however he felt 10 years ago but now he is a family man and he has learned his lesson from making bad mistakes. I’m not saying he is perfect because I don’t know him personally but what I am saying is that the bible says we all have fell short of the glory and that a good man falls several times. I applaud that even though he fell a few times…the man got up and owned his mistakes. I say to the Academy Awards crew…let this man host the Oscars so we can have a great show! We all make mistakes…how dare we demand someone to suffer today for what they did 10 years ago?!