I am a fair-weather Kevin Hart fan - sometimes I think he is hilarious and other times he misses the mark for me. But I have a new respect for Kevin Hart for the way he handled the Academy Awards scuttlebutt.
On Tuesday, Hart confirmed he would host the 2019 Oscars with a post on Instagram, but on Thursday he announced on Twitter he stepped down as host.
The reason: Controversy over recently resurfaced Tweets he posted nearly a decade ago, Tweets labelled as homophobic and offensive. Tweets Hart has already addressed and apologized for, more than once.
Humans are not perfect and at some point people need to be rewarded for evolving and doing better rather than being punished for things in their past that don't represent who they are now.
"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've done it!" Hart said. "I'm not gonna continue to go back and tap into the days of old, when I've moved on, and I'm in a completely different space in my life."
Academy Awards organizers say they have a hard time finding people to host the Oscars. That's probably because most comedians are probably out for something they SAID and most actors are probably out for something they DID.
Yesterday, in his tweet about his withdrawal, Hart AGAIN apologized to LGBTQ community and added "I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart." I, for one, am on board for that.