Kevin Hart has finally thrown in the towel. The comedian – who was set to host 2019’s Oscars – faced backlash when a series of tweets with him using the word ‘fag’ were uncovered. He also did an entire segment in a set about why his biggest fear is his son growing up gay.

In a couple of tweets, Hart – who previously showed zero remorse or regret for his comments, and even refused to apologize  – issued this rubbish:

According to Hart, the Academy told him he had to either apologize or step-down from his position as host, and so he stepped down. (And then issued the apology anyway?)

He says: “I passed. The reason I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up,” he said. “Regardless, to the Academy, I’m thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul,”

Yeah, but it evidently didn’t go away. Hence Hart’s finally flip to apologize.

Before that, he’d dismissed the claims almost entirely. In a video he posted to Instagram, he said:

“I swear man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I’m not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space where I’m at now,” he said.

“My team calls me, ‘Oh, my God, Kevin, this world is upset about tweets you did years ago,'” he recounted, along with his reply. “Guys. I’m almost 40 years old. 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. I’m in a great place, a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity.”

So if you’ve evolved so much, and are so positive… why not prove it by apologising? Y’all really not as evolved as you think, boo.