But in a tweet late on Thursday he said he had chosen to step down "because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many fantastic talented artists".
"I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all", he declared, once again disregarding the feelings and experiences of many in the LGBTQ community.
One of the 2011 tweets that garnered plenty of outrage reads, "Yo if my son comes home & try's 2 play with my daughters doll house I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice "stop that's gay".
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.
Hart broke his silence Thursday in a video he posted on Instagram, in which he said he was "not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me".
Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-11.
"So I just got a call from the Academy, and that call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old".
Hart took to Instagram to address the situation on Thursday night, and his response stops short of an apology.
"The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times, this is not the first time this has come up", he said.
Hart would have been one of a few black Oscar hosts in the event's history, after Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Sammy Davis Jr. If you choose to not believe me then that's on you....
In an earlier Instagram post today, Hart addressed the controversy and said, "I'm nearly 40 years old and I'm in love with the man that I am becoming". When talking about gay people as though they were an animal species we reluctantly had to coexist with appeared perfectly acceptable in the 1980's, Eddie Murphy dedicated a suspiciously large section of his act to it.
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.
ET has reached out to the Academy for comment on Hart's role as Oscars host as it now stands. I'm the wrong guy, man. Hart said he "loves everybody".
It's unclear what will happen with Hart's hosting gig.