Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 91st Oscars.
Hart came under fire for tweets back in 2011 when he wrote:
"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'."
He bowed to pressure and will not be hosting the Oscars.
"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," he tweeted.
"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."
Hart also took to his Instagram page to address the backlash:
“Stop looking for reasons to be negative… Stop searching for reasons to be angry… I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people… there is nothing that you can do to change that… NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all… with that being said. if u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love… Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please… What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…. ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you…. Have a beautiful day.”
The post was accompanied by a video of Hart where he claims that he has evolved with age.
Should he have stepped down or stood his ground?