Hart steps down as Oscars host over his past anti-gay tweets

Hart steps down as Oscars host over his past anti-gay tweets

Hosting the Academy Awards - known as the "most thankless job in town" - has become a challenge in the past couple years as the show faces declining ratings.

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's [sic] ... because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many unbelievable talented artists", the actor and comedian said on Twitter late Thursday night.

He also wrote, "All I can say is WOOOOOOOOW.Thank you so much Sydney Australia.Making the world laugh is forever a priority". We'll have to wait and see.

"I'm nearly 40 years old".

At a Hollywood event Thursday night, comedian Kathy Griffin, whose career suffered previous year when she posted a photo on social media that looked like a beheaded President Donald Trump, said Hart messed up, yet had empathy for the situation.

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The comments were found and highlighted after Hart's appointment as the Oscars host.

The gay media watchdog group GLAAD said it has reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart's management to "discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record". "But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will", Hart said.

It seems that history repeats itself as a Twitter user republished a collection of Kevin's offensive tweets earlier this week, one of which includes him calling people "f**s" and calling people gay as a slur. "I passed on the apology". Hart said the film academy told him he had to apologize or he'd lose the gig. No matter, though, because Twitter is full of ideas to help the Academy find a suitable replacement.

The Academy Awards is yet to comment on Hart's departure.

"Hart's apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness", said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "We do have to admit our guilt and say, 'Hey I messed up and let's fix this thing.' I think that he will do that, and he has always done that". I've said where the rights and wrongs were.

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