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Oscars 2019: Kevin Hart has final word on hosting controversy

Kevin Hart has had the final word on the controversy that surrounds him and the failed opportunity to host the Oscars.

Hart was forced to walk away after a series of homophobic tweets and a string of anti-gay jokes made during his stand-up routines nearly 10 years ago emerged. Hart attempted to delete all the aforementioned tweets during the day and initially refused to step down from his position as MC, posting a video on Instagram, saying: “My team calls me, ‘Oh my God, Kevin, everyone’s upset by tweets you did years ago,’” he said in that video.

Despite his defiance, hours later a tweet followed from Hart in which he has now decided to step down from the role: “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars,” he wrote.

However, strong support from former Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres calling for Hart to reconsider his decision to walk away had renewed his chances to hosting the 91st Academy Awards. With speculation of an unlikely return growing, Hart visited Good Morning America to put an end to it all: “I want everybody to know I’m done with it,” Hart told Michael Strahan. “It’s a choice that I’ve personally made to say I’m not addressing it anymore.”

“I have an understanding that I’ve addressed it and I’ve said everything that I can possibly say. So I’m over it … You’re not going to hear me say anything else about it. I’ve done all that I can do,” he added.

“I shouldn’t have to prove who I am. If anybody out there wants to believe that Kevin Hart is that much of a monster that he wouldn’t love somebody because of their choice in life, then all power to them.”