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Kevin Hart exits Oscar hosting gig

Kevin Hart won't host the Oscars after all.
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Comedian Kevin Hart was supposed to host this year's Academy Awards but he has stepped down after some of his homophobic tweets resurfaced nearly a decade later. 

The offending twitter posts came to light after it was announced he would be hosting the yearly Hollywood affair. 

Journalists angry with his past comments culled the public tweets from his running social media correspondence and offered them up to the masses via screenshots:

Reads one: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay’.”

And in another, regarding a snapshot of someone in his feed, he wrote they look “like a gay billboard for AIDS.”

Although the funnyman issued an apology later, he at first stood firm that he wouldn't, saying he thought he made amends throughout the years and "addressed this several times.”

But just a few hours later, he was back on his social channels with news that he was turning down the Oscar job. 

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” Hart wrote. “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,” he added. “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.”

Perhaps fueled by the many LGBT Oscar-worthy roles up for consideration this year, Hart's old tweets seem especially salient. 

From Olivia Colman for her role in “The Favourite” to Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," studios have a bumper crop of queer subjects and they aren't afraid to rally for them.

No word yet on who will replace Hart as host. 

Source: ET