Ultimately, Hart said that even hosting the Oscars wasn't enough to get him to back down on his stance, but seemed conciliatory in his final remarks directed toward the academy.
The comic announced his decision on Twitter, contending that, "I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many fantastic talented artists". "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past". Now with that being said, I don't know if I handled my son's first gay moment correctly.
Update: Hart posted the following video and accompanying text to Instagram in response to today's flurry of scrutiny.
However, the choice of Hart quickly prompted a backlash after people republished a significant number of Hart's tweets in which he used homophobic slurs.
"That call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets or we're going to have to move on and find another host'".
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"The reason why I've passed is that I've addressed it several times", he said on Instagram. I'm talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010, " the 39-year-old said in the Instagram video before stepping down. "And if he doesn't, I don't think we should hold him accountable, I think we should just remember and forgive him".
When it came to the joke about not wanting his son to be gay, Kevin told Weiner, "It's about my fear". But they had already been screen-captured and been shared online. What hasn't happened is an apology - not even your typical statement of regret and an assurance of "that was me then, and I'm a different person now". Next time he has something rude and blatantly homophobic to say, maybe he should keep it off the internet, where - as we're all now well aware - things you've said really do last forever.
Well, you know what they say: The best way to show everyone you know how to "live" "learn" "grow" and "mature" is by blaming them for the consequences of your own actions.
"I swear man, our world is becoming beyond insane", begins Hart in his response. Hart said he "loves everybody".
It remains to be seen who will replace Hart as the host for the event, as reports earlier this week indicated that the producers were having a hard time finding willing participants for the role.