Kevin Hart quitting Oscars gig sparks debate

 pagesix.com  12/8/2018 4:19:35 AM   Ruth Brown

Kevin Hart may be out of the Oscars — but he’s still in the spotlight.

A day after the comedian quit his gig hosting Hollywood’s night of nights amid backlash over his years-old homophobic tweets, critics and other celebrities continued to weigh in on the controversy — and how he should have handled it.

“Kevin Hart is a comedian, problem is he wasn’t joking about gay people. He’s long been problematic on LGBT comments and refuses to fully apologize & be an ally. If he has evolved so much an apology isn’t that hard,” tweeted “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness on Friday.

The comedian and actor late Thursday stepped down from hosting amid uproar over his anti-gay tweets from years ago. Hart said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had asked him to apologize or quit — and he didn’t want to apologize.

“The reason why I passed [on the apology] is because I’ve addressed this several times,” he told fans on Instagram. An hour later, he tweeted that he was stepping down.

“I sincerely apologize to the ­LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” he added.

But some said they were disappointed that Hart didn’t keep the gig and use it to atone for the offensive jokes.

“Kevin Hart shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up,” tweeted Sarah Kate Ellis, the president of LGBT organization GLAAD.

“Hart’s apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness.”

Others were left rolling their eyes and saying enough already with the apologies.

Hart had as recently as 2015 blamed his comments on his “insecurities.”

“How many times does he need to apologize, do you think?” Joy ­Behar of ABC’s “The View” asked Friday morning. “Or is he cooked?”

Co-host Sunny Hostin then decried “this sort of mob mentality that we’re seeing, these forced apologies, you know, everybody jumping on the bandwagon, not allowing people to evolve, not allowing people to own up to things.”

Hart’s only comment Friday was a Martin Luther King Jr. quote.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” he tweeted.

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