(AllHipHop News) Kevin Hart has opted not to continue as the host of the 2019 Oscars after previous homophobic tweets became public knowledge.
The tweets were made between 2009 and 2011.
Hart bowed out after Hollywood pressure hit a serious crescendo, that has now gone wide.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's," Hart said via Twitter. "This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. I'm sorry that I hurt people... I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again."
The actor and comedian initially and vehemently declined to apologize after the tweets first started to emerge.
"The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times," the Philadelphia native said. "I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different space in my life." However, GLADD and other LGBT advocacy groups did not accept the explanation. Soon, things went viral and not in a positive way for Hart.
Aside from the tweets, Hart had commentary in a stand up routine many considered homophobic as well. Those remarks echoed sentiments in some of his tweets.
Here is the sketch where he says that his son being gay is one of his biggest fears.