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He followed up that tweet with another: "I then explained to them that it's hard to know what angry things people are saying when you stay away from the places that angry people love".

GLAAD, a media watchdog that protects and promotes dignified representation of queer people, reached out to Hart, the film academy and ABC, which airs the telecast. 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. He said, "Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic".

It's possible the Academy will consider Hart's statements sufficiently in the past and move on, but it's tough to say what will happen next.

In an earlier post Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" about his earlier anti-gay remarks.

"Guys, I'm nearly 40 years old".

I'm talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010, " the 39-year-old said in the Instagram video before stepping down. "If you choose to not believe me then that's on you.Have a handsome day".

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School buses are pictured on January 15, 2013 in New York City. "All of that is a privilege and should be treated as such". Mr Cox added that many children feel entitled to privileges like being taken to school in the morning by vehicle or bus.

When it came to the joke about not wanting his son to be gay, Kevin told Weiner, "It's about my fear". If you don't believe people change, grow as they get older, I don't know what to tell you. "Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men". "I'm not gonna continue to go back and tap into the days of old, when I've moved on, and I'm in a completely different space in my life".

In his later Instagram message, he complained that he had already addressed the tweets in the past and that "we feed into internet trolls and we reward them".

Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-11. "And if he doesn't, I don't think we should hold him accountable, I think we should just remember and forgive him".

In one 2011 tweet, the comedian and movie star wrote, "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.'" In another from 2010, Hart says someone's profile pic looks "like a gay bill board for AIDS".

The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday. Comedian and actor Billy Eichner said "a simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple". Eddie Murphy famously stepped down as Oscar emcee in 2011 when the show's executive producer (and longtime Murphy collaborator) Brett Ratner was sacked for saying rehearsal in film production "is for fags", during an interview with Howard Stern.