NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) - Kevin Hart said that he has stepped down as the next Oscars host following an outcry over previous tweets by the comedian poking fun at the gay community.
Hart posted on Twitter early Friday an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past words.
He said he stepped down so as not to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazingly talented artists.
On Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" after the years-old tweets surfaced. In an accompanying video, Hart said he wasn't going to "let the craziness frustrate me." Hart said he "loves everybody."
The media watchdog group GLAAD 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."
In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said: "if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will."