Kevin Hart, recently announced as the host of the upcoming Academy Awards, has stepped down over controversial tweets that many people found homophobic, as well as some standup material that people found objectionable.
Hart was called out by a journalist, and the story went viral. He rushed to delete many of the offending tweets, which kicked the hornet's nest further. He also released a video to Instagram that made him look even worse.
"Guys, I'm nearly 40 years old," Hart said. "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 the past, do you. I'm the wrong guy, man."
After a few hours, he published another video, claiming that the Academy had leveled an ultimatum at him: apologize or you're out.
"I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. 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 place in my life.”
About two hours later, he tweeted that he was resigning from the gig, and apologized "to the LGBTQ community" for "insensitive words from past."
This obviously leaves a vacancy, and people are already speculating on who might be the pick.