February's 2019 Oscar ceremony has mysteriously been absent one very important thing all year: a host. This was especially strange considering last year's host, returning late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, was announced nearly an entire year before the ceremony aired. Many speculative takes were written about this year's: Who would be a worthy host? Is the gig even that great? Does anyone actually want to host the Oscars? What's going on?
Then, on Wednesday, the Academy announced that Kevin Hart would take up the mantle, and we all relaxed a little. Hart is funny, a good entertainer, and he even called Oscars host one of his dream jobs in his own announcement. But, because the Internet is forever and it's plenty easy to dig up old, bad tweets, more than a few posts from Hart's account were recirculated online shortly after his hosting reveal. Mostly extremely homophobic remarks, the tweets from 2009 and 2010 were swiftly deleted, but the damage had been done.
Hart then tried to fix the situation by posting a bizarre non-apology video of himself shirtless in bed, accusing those who spread the old tweets of just wanting to spread negativity. "If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me," he wrote.