Kevin Hart’s road to hosting the Oscars just got a little more bumpy.
After multiple homophobic tweets by Hart resurfaced in the wake of his announcement as the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony’s host, the comedian responded with a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday evening. In it, Hart opted not to apologize for his past jokes, but instead claimed that he had changed since then.
Read More:Kevin Hart Called Out for Homophobic Jokes After Being Named 2019 Oscars Host You can watch a (for some reason, shirtless) Hart respond to the growing controversy in both video and caption form below:
“Guys, I’m almost 40 years old,” Hart said in the video. “If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.”
The announcement of Hart as host came just a day before the Golden Globes revealed that Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh would be sharing hosting duties for the upcoming January ceremony.