Kevin Hart is stepping down from hosting the 91st Academy Awards after homophobic tweets from 2009 to 2011 resurfaced Thursday, CNN reported.
"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'," the comedian-actor wrote in a 2011 tweet, among others that have since been deleted.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hart said in another tweet from 2010 someone's profile pic looks "like a gay bill board for AIDS." And in another written in 2009, he calls someone a "fat faced fag."
The tweets drew universal condemnation.
Actor-comedian Billy Eichner tweeted, "You can tell its not just a joke — there's real truth, anger & fear behind these. I hope Kevin's thinking has evolved since 2011."
This is not the first time Hart's thoughts on gay people have caused controversy.
A 2011 standup routine about his then 3-year-old son having a "gay moment [and that] you've got to nip it in the bud!" - was criticized as promoting homophobic and dangerous parenting, according to The Guardian.
Hart told Rolling Stone that he wouldn't tell the joke again, "because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now," In 2015.
"I swear, man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I'm not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space that I am at now," Hart posted on his Instagram Thursday in a video, to address the Oscar controversy.
Several hours later, Hart made another Instagram video stating he received a call from the Academy giving him an ultimatum: apologize for his old tweets or step down as Oscars host.
"I passed. The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up," he said.
"Regardless, to the Academy, I'm thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul," Hart added.
Just about two hours later, Hart formally stepped down from hosting the Oscars in a tweet.
"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,"