GLAAD: Kevin Hart "Shouldn't Have Stepped Down" From Hosting Oscars

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But Hart did not apologize, stoking even more outrage, which culminated with his announcement on Thursday night that he was stepping down as host of the 91st Academy Awards.

'I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past'.

"Asking Hannah Gadsby to host the Oscars is the most obvious thing in the world, come the eff on, Academy", wrote Rachel Vorona Cote on Twitter.

Hart repeatedly made anti-gay comments in a series of now-deleted tweets published between 2009 and 2011, even threatening his son with violence if he caught him playing with dolls, and insulted various celebrities by calling them "gay" or "fag".

"I'm thankful and I'm appreciative of the opportunity [to host]", he said to the Academy at the end of the video.

Kevin Hart is out as host of the Oscars in the wake of an escalating backlash involving the actor/comedian's homophobic social-media history. "I wouldn't tell [a joke about fearing my son was gay] today, because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now".

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"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. "Guys, I'm almost 40 years old". In a video on Instagram, Hart said the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave him an ultimatum: apologize or "we're going to have to move on and find another host". If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve? Or no host at all, which has been done several times before, and as recently as 1989.

Comedian and actor Billy Eichner said "a simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple". This is not the first time this has come up.

People have stepped down from being the public face of the event amid controversy, as producer Brett Ratner did in 2011 for anti-gay slurs. Murphy soon after exited, as well. This time, speculation has already been rampant that few in Hollywood want the gig, for which few win glowing reviews. Hart said he "loves everybody".

Griffin hoped Hart's departure would open the door for a woman comedian to host the show.

Terry Crews, who described Hart as a "brother", said he respected Hart's decision to walk away from the show.

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