Kevin Hart took to social media Friday morning and announced he has stepped down as host of the Oscars
The decision comes after Hart faced backlash after reportedly deleting some homophobic tweets just after getting the hosting gig on Wednesday.
Screenshots from 2011 surfaced that read, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.”
Hart responded in two Instagram video posts and saying that he is a changed man and that his decision is to not be a distraction to the other actors who deserve the attention on a special night.
“I swear, man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I’m not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space that I am at now…. ” Hart said in his video.
“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 their 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”
In the second video, Hart claims he got a call from the Academy of Motion Pictures asking him to apologize for the deleted tweets. “I chose to pass, I passed on the apology,” said Hart. “The reason why I passed is that I’ve addressed it several times. This is not the first time this has come up.”