UPDATED 12:14 a.m. ET: Kevin Hart took to Twitter to announce that he's stepping down from his Oscars hosting gig. He also apologized.
I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....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.
UPDATED 11:27 p.m. ET: Kevin Hart refuses to apologize despite the Academy asking for him to do so. "So, I just got a call from the Academy," Hart said in a video posted to Instagram. "That call basically said 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or were going to have to move on and find another host.' Talking about the tweets from 2009-2010 [...] I passed on the apology."
Watch the video below.
No word yet on if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pass on Hart and get another host for the Oscars.
The 91st Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2019.
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After seeing this @benfraserlee tweet, I did a search for every time Kevin Hart tweeted "fag," "homo," or "gay." It was…a lot. And he seems to have basically stopped tweeting those words after 2011 — i.e. the year his first stand-up movie became a hit. https://t.co/P8nTOilFgx pic.twitter.com/6uzPhnvt4F
On Thursday, Hart posted a video on Instagram where he explains that he's grown as a person from the time when those tweets were posted. "I'm almost 40 years old," he said, in response to his team contacting him over people feeling angered by his old tweets. "If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve, I don’t know what to tell you."
As Rolling Stone writer Jonah Weiner points out from his 2011 interview transcript with Hart, an apology from the comedian shouldn't be expected anytime soon.
But if Hart really wants to prove that he's capable of living and learning, and growing and maturing, then an apology shouldn't be too much to ask.