When Hart was announced Tuesday as the host of next February's Academy Awards, he seemed like the flawless fit.
In an earlier post Thursday, Hart wrote on Instagram that critics should "stop being negative" about his earlier anti-gay remarks. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve? In an accompanying video, a shirtless Hart said he wasn't going to "let the craziness frustrate me".
Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act. "One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will".
GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said Thursday that it reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and Hart's management to "discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record". The "Night School" actor said he chose to pass on giving an apology. "This is not the first time this has come up".
The film academy moved up this year's ceremony to February 24, giving producers little time to find a replacement.
He said he stepped down so as not to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazingly talented artists. "God knows in my 23 specials I've said heinously inappropriate things", she said.
Griffin hoped Hart's departure would open the door for a woman comedian to host the show.
The last Australian to host the Oscars was Hugh Jackman in 2009. "And if he doesn't, I don't think we should hold him accountable, I think we should just remember and forgive him". I've said who I am now versus who I was then.