In a video posted on Thursday evening, Hart says that The Academy has asked him to apologize for homophobic tweets (see bottom of article) that re-surfaced after they announced he would host the 2019 Oscars.
Lee tweeted, "I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets?", and pulled up several of the comedian's tweets where he said one person looked like "a gay bill board for AIDS", and he called another person a "FAT FAG".
Kevin came under fire earlier this week when several tweets he posted between 2009 and 2010 used the word gay as an insult. This is not the first time this has come up. "I've said where the rights and wrongs were".
Hart would have been one of a few black Oscar hosts in the event's history, after Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Sammy Davis Jr.
However, after his first attempt at addressing the scandal failed to satisfy many who were upset by his past remarks, Hart claims the Academy reached out and presented him with an ultimatum.
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.
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The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star was to have hosted the glitzy event after talk show host Jimmy Kimmel held the gig for two consecutive years.
In an earlier post Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" about his earlier anti-gay remarks. I am truly happy people... there is nothing that you can do to change that.
'Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, do what you want to do, but me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will, ' Hart said.
On Twitter, Hart apologised to the LGBTQ community for what he called "my insensitive words from my past".
Neither Hart's reps nor the Academy immediately responded to Fox News' request for comment.
GLAAD has also sprung into action, contacting the Academy, Hart's management, and ABC to "discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage", according to the organization's chief communications officer Rich Ferraro, THR reports. "I'm talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010", the 39-year-old comedian said. Murphy soon after exited, as well.