11:43 pm EST, December 6, 2018

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host after homophobic tweets re-surface

So much for that.

Comedian and almost-Oscars-host Kevin Hart is refusing to apologize has stepped down from hosting the Oscars following homophobic tweets he made resurfaced.

Update (1 AM ET): Just 90 minutes after Hart refused to apologize for the homophobic tweets he made in 2009 – 2010 (see below), Hart… apologized, and stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars. He wrote on Twitter:

The sudden change of events is very bizarre, as it was less than two hours ago that Hart refused to apologize (see below).

Related: The time has come to stop letting comedians host the Oscars

Original Story (11:30 PM ET): In a video posted on Thursday evening, Hart says that The Academy has asked him to apologize for homophobic tweets (see bottom of article) that re-surfaced after they announced he would host the 2019 Oscars.

In his video, the comedian says that he will “pass on the apology.” Instead, he reminds us that he was a very different person in 2009 – 2010, and that being concerned about his homophobic remarks makes you a troll.

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I know who I am & so do the people closest to me. #LiveLoveLaugh

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A video Hart posted earlier on Thursday finds him laying in bed reacting to the coverage of his homophobic tweets. Like in the above video, Hart refuses to apologize. He also informs us that he’s nearly 40 years old, implying that he’s grown out of the homophobia he had in his early 30s:

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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…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. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day

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Hart’s team spent Thursday deleting the controversial tweets, but as is always the case on the internet, nothing is ever truly gone. Here’s a sample of Kevin Hart’s homophobic tweets that he refuses to apologize for:

It’d be one thing if this was a one-time tweet (still bad, but not as bad), or if he apologized, or if he didn’t call out people who were alarmed by him repeatedly using the word “gay” or “fag” in a derogatory manner. But he can’t trouble himself to just say sorry, or realize that those comments were hurtful to people who aren’t trolls. It’s disturbing, disappointing, and the Oscars need to fire him.

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