Nick Cannon Defends Kevin Hart, Calls Out Comedians For Old Homophobic Tweets

Following the announcement that Kevin Hart would be stepping down as the 2019 Oscars host, Nick Cannon has leapt to his defence.

After old tweets emerged that showed Hart making several homophobic jokes, the comedian refused to apologise, saying he has already "addressed it several times."

“I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologise for your tweets of old or we’re going to have to move on and find another host,'” the comedian said in an Instagram story Thursday.

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“I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were,” he continued.

Hart eventually said he was sorry and announced he would not be hosting as to “not be a distraction” to the show at large.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” Hart wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

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Meanwhile, Nick Cannon -- former husband of Mariah Carey -- has defended the star by digging up several old homophobic tweets by comedians Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer.

Posting to Twitter, Cannon, 38, wrote, “Interesting. I wonder if there was any backlash here…,” sharing a 2010 tweet from Chelsea Handler that read, “This is what a f*g bird likes like when he flexes.”

He also found another tweet from 2010 by Ralph Breaks the Internet star Sarah Silverman, that read, “I don’t mean this in a hateful way but the new bachelorette’s a f****t.” Cannon later wrote, “And I f**king love Wreck It Ralph!!!”

He also posted a tweet by Schumer that said, "Enjoy Skyfall f*gs. I'm bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt."

The comedians have not yet responded to Cannon.

The 91st annual Academy Awards will air on February 24, 2019.