He said he stepped down so as not to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.
Kevin Hart’s response to criticism over earlier homophobic tweets has further inflamed the backlash to the newly minted Oscar host.
On Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should “stop being negative” after years-old tweets surfaced in which he used homophobic slurs. In an accompanying video, a shirtless Hart said he wasn’t going to “let the craziness frustrate me.” Hart said he “loves everybody.”
The gay media watchdog group GLAAD said it has reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart’s management to “discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record.”