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Oscars 2019: Kevin Hart quits as host amid tweets row

Oscars 2019: Kevin Hart quits as host amid tweets row

Earlier this week comedian Kevin Hart was announced as the host for the 2019 Academy Awards.

Ultimately, Hart said that even hosting the Oscars wasn't enough to get him to back down on his stance, but seemed conciliatory in his final remarks directed toward the academy.

'I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's.this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many fantastic talented artists, ' the comedian tweeted Thursday night.

He said: "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past".

Kevin seemingly addressed the tweets in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, where he told Jonah Weiner, "I'd never apologize for what was never meant to be disrespectful - I'd never allow the public to win for something I know wasn't malicious".

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

In an Instagram video posted Thursday, Hart responded to the criticism - although he didn't exactly apologize.

Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-2011.

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But while Hart has been deleting past tweets, in a video statement he posted on Instagram Thursday, he said he's not going to get all worked up over the "craziness".

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

Despite the Academy's gracious offer, Kevin says, "I passed".

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars" he wrote. "And if he doesn't, I don't think we should hold him accountable, I think we should just remember and forgive him".

"Stop looking for reasons to be negative", Hart wrote in the previous Instagram post.

Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act. NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all... with that being said. if u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. Hart said he "loves everybody". Comedian and actor Billy Eichner said "a simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple". "Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men. Underneath, it's far more complicated".

Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer for GLAAD, has told The Blast, "GLAAD reached out to ABC, The Academy and Kevin Hart's management to discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage".

It is unclear who may replace Hart for the annual awards show. Murphy soon after exited, as well.