I don't know what to tell you, ' said Hart, who added, in all-caps: 'I love everybody'.
Neither Hart's reps nor the Academy immediately responded to Fox News' request for comment.
He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people". I've said where the rights and wrongs were.
After finding himself in a very precarious situation, Kevin Hart has responded to critics after being called out for deleting some old anti-LGBTQ tweets.
In a post on Instagram at about 11 p.m.
The Guardian also reported that Hart had made similar anti-gay comments in his comedy routines, with the performer telling an audience in 2010: "One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay".
"If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me", he writes.
"Guys, I'm nearly 40 years old", he said in a video Thursday.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars", Hart tweeted. "If you choose to not believe me then that's on you.Have a attractive day". He then launched into stories about his son, then 3, having his first gay moment with a friend and how he needed to "nip it in the bud" by screaming at him, "Stop, that's gay!"
Well, you know what they say: The best way to show everyone you know how to "live" "learn" "grow" and "mature" is by blaming them for the consequences of your own actions. I have nothing against gay people.
In his memoir I Can't Make This Up, he said his marriage to Torrei Hart got violent.
Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-11.
The comedian has since deleted the tweets, but that wasn't before screen captures began circulating online. "Not that I'm not gonna love my son or think about him any differently". "I've done it. I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different place in my life".
In response, comedian and actor Billy Eichner said "many of us have jokes/tweets we regret".
With the entertainment industry at the fore of societal change amongst the #MeToo era, having an Academy Awards host who not only has a past riddled with latent homophobia, but refuses to acknowledge or apologise for it, is a backwards step.
"For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same..." Eddie Murphy famously stepped down as Oscar emcee in 2011 when the show's executive producer (and longtime Murphy collaborator) Brett Ratner was sacked for saying rehearsal in film production "is for fags", during an interview with Howard Stern.