Comedian Kevin Hart announced he would no longer host the 91st Academy Awards. He explained he does “not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.” Hart was accused of homophobia after a number of Tweets from 2009 to 2010 resurfaced.

Hart had previously announced he would be the host of the upcoming Oscar’s on December 4th.

However, shortly after his announcement, Hart was accused of homophobia based off of Tweets he made between 2009 and 2010. It all came to a head when The Guardian writer Benjamin Lee posted old screenshots of gay jokes Hart posted on Twitter almost a decade ago. Also included were parts of skits that contain gay jokes from stand-up sets he did in the past.

Hart has previously explained his jokes about homosexuality. In an interview with Rolling Stone he addressed one about a fear he has as a Dad.

“The funny thing within that joke is it’s me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities — I panicked. It has nothing to do with him, it’s about me. That’s the difference between bringing a joke across that’s well thought-out and saying something just to ruffle feathers. I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals because we can.”

When the backlash against Kevin Hart started to heat up. The comedian took to Instagram to stand his ground on this issue. He explained that he had “evolved” and he wasn’t sorry. He went on to state that people change:

“Guys, I’m almost 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 or explain the past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man. I’m in a great place. A great mature place where all I do is spread positivity.”

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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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After more pressure mounted, Hart again took to Instagram to explain that he’d had a call from the Academy about his past jokes and Tweets and that they demand he apologize or step down as the host. Hart stood his ground on the issue:

He explained his decision not to apologize:

“So, I just got a call from the Academy. That call basically said, ‘Kevin apologize for your Tweets of old or we are going to have move on and find another host.’ Talking about the tweets from 2009 to 2010. I chose to pass. I passed on the apology. 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’ve done it. I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on and I’m in a complete different space in my life.”

He went on to say that “we feed internet trolls and we reward them. I’m not going to do it, man. I’m going to be me. I’m going to stand my ground.”

But this wasn’t to last. After several more hours, the comedian pivoted. He took to Twitter to apologize for his “insensitive words.”

He continued his apologies with a follow-up Tweet, where he went farther in his apologies and highlighted his goals and evolution.

He would then Tweet out a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. about the “ultimate measure of a man.”

Reactions from fellow Comedians were mixed, Some initially appeared to back Hart in his role as a comedian who offends.

Some folks on Twitter also pointed to the lack of Outrage for other “celebrities” who’ve committed real crimes and yet still easily find work in the industry and feel no real pressure to drop out of major events.

Other people such as #OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign blamed Hart’s willingness to double down as the reason for his troubles.

So far the Academy has kept a tight lip on their reaction. Though it’s expected comments will be made soon.

What do you think? Has the outrage mob gone too far? Or is this the natural course of things since the firing of James Gunn over old blog posts and Tweets? Gunn has found new employment as he will be working on Warner Bros. new Suicide Squad film. Let me know in the comments below!

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