After announcing himself as the host of the 2019 Oscars earlier this week, Kevin Hart stated Thursday night that he will no longer be hosting the ceremony after refusing to apologize for anti-gay tweets that recently resurfaced.

In a Twitter post, Hart said “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” following up in another tweet “I’m sorry that I hurt people…I am evolving and want to continue to do so.”

The controversy over the comments ignited following the announcement that the comedian would be hosting the upcoming ceremony. While many of the Tweets have since been deleted, screenshots showcase several posts with anti-gay language, including repeated use of the words “f*g” and “h*mo.”

Early Thursday, Hart responded to the controversy on Instagram, refusing to apologize for previous behavior, telling people to “stop searching for reasons to be angry,” stating that “You LIVE and you YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE.” Later in the day, the Academy gave Hart the option to apologize or have the offer to host rescinded.

With the 91st Academy Awards set to air on February 25, 2019, it’s not certain who will host the upcoming ceremony on such short notice.

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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

A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on Dec 6, 2018 at 3:20pm PST

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