Hollywood’s reaction to Kevin Hart’s old homophobic tweets and his subsequent decision to bail on hosting the Oscars ran the full spectrum of emotions since the news broke late Thursday night. Some deemed his behavior unacceptable, while others called for his ouster, and some expressed concern that all they had wanted was an apology, not for him to quit.
The comic, who was named the 2019 Academy Awards host only Tuesday and took down a number of old tweets immediately after getting the job, pulled out Thurdsay rather than apologize again, saying that he’d moved on and wouldn’t bow to internet trolls.
He later apologized for his “insensitive words” from the past and said he had stepped down so as not to be a distraction from the awards.
“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,” Hart tweeted late Thursday.
Here is a sampling of chatter from social media in reaction to the controversy.