- Some of Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets have been deleted after he was announced as the next Oscars host.
- Hart has been widely criticised 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 apologise" 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.
Hart was widely criticised 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.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, Hart suggested he would "never apologise" 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.