Kevin Hart says Bye Felicia to Academy Awards Show!

 

Ok so it was on Wednesday afternoon that Kevin Hart was announced as the host of the upcoming 91st annual Academy Awards but by Thursday night, outcry from the LBGT community had him stepping dow.

Apparently, many are still angry over previous anti-gay tweets and comments Kevin Hart made doing some of his routine stand-ups allegedly over 10 years ago.  While some tweets were taken down on Thursday, Kevin Hart kind of made matters worse by posting a video on Instagram:

“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 rang as a defiant non-apology for many. 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.”

And I guess his response to the Academy was still now good enough cause  less than two hours later, Hart announced via Twitter that he was removing himself from the gig.  I am kind of in Kevin’s corner on this one, he has apologized many times in the past for making those remarks, why is that now that he was given such an honor it keeps cropping up.

 

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