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Kevin Hart deleted his tweets with homophobic slurs after being announced as the next Oscars host

INSIDER logoINSIDER 6 days ago Jacob Shamsian
  • Some of Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets have been deleted after he was announced as the next Oscars host.
  • Hart has been widely criticized for his history of jokes that use "gay" and "f--" as insults.
  • Many of his other homophobic tweets remain online.
  • In a 2015 interview, Hart suggested he would "never apologize" for his anti-gay jokes.

Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets have been deleted after the comedian-actor was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscar ceremony on Wednesday.

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017 file photo, Kevin Hart arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" in Los Angeles. A man has been charged with trying to extort money from Kevin Hart by threatening to release video he had secretly shot of the actor and comedian with a woman in Las Vegas. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Jonathan Jackson on Wednesday May 2, 2018, with attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. Jackson is jailed on $100,000 bail. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press Kevin Hart Hart was widely criticized this week after a Hollywood Reporter column floated him as a contender to host the Academy Awards ceremony, which will broadcast on February 24 on ABC. Hart has a long record of making homophobic jokes and insults, and several of his jokes with homophobic slurs resurfaced on Twitter.

Shortly after the announcement of his hosting role, either Hart or someone else controlling his Twitter account got to work deleting some of his controversial tweets, according to BuzzFeed News.

Many of Hart's homophobic tweets remain online, including ones that use "gay" and "f--" as insults.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, Hart suggested he would "never apologize" for his jokes that use gay people as a punchline. 

"I'd never allow the public to win for something I know wasn't malicious," he said. "I think people take things so seriously. You send out a tweet - I'm not apologizing for that."

A representative for Hart didn't immediately reply to INSIDER's request for comment. 

Related video: Kevin Hart confirms he's hosting the Oscars (via ETOnline.com) 

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