Comedian Kevin Hart will not host the 2019 Academy Awards, he announced late Thursday night.
Over the course of just two days since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Hart would host the next Oscars, a slew of his homophobic tweets and jokes began to go viral — causing round-the-clock criticism of both Hart and the Academy.
In a tweet, Hart said he had decided to step down from the role, apologizing for hurting people in the LGBTQ community and saying that he is “evolving.”
After the Tuesday announcement that Hart would host the awards ceremony, a tweet he posted in 2011 began to go viral.
“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,” read the tweet, which Hart deleted on Thursday.
But several other tweets that Hart posted in recent years tell a similar story, mocking LGBTQ people repeatedly.