Kevin Hart's Oscars fallout: Celebrities weigh in with mix of criticism, support

It appears most celebrities are going to stay mum about the first wave of 2019 Oscars drama.

The weeks leading up to the Academy Awards are never short on controversy, and this year's first batch of messy headlines came thanks to Kevin Hart -- or, more specifically, his Twitter history. After the Academy made a late-stage announcement this week that Hart would host the 2019 ceremony (the host is typically secured further in advance), it didn't take long for the internet to call out Hart's past homophobic tweets, most of which date back to around 2011.

The outrage culminated with Hart's decision to step down as host, and while Twitter is chattering about the fallout, most fellow celebrities are keeping quiet. Only a few have decided to weigh in, with most erring on the side of criticizing Hart, but some showing support.

Celebrity reactions to the Kevin Hart Oscars situation:

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Homophobia is not positivity.
Instagram comment from Nick Cannon to Kevin Hart
Dear cunts in charge of The Oscars, let me host your show, and I promise I won't offend anyone. Not even Mel Gibson… https://t.co/W3N21hrCWz
Melissa McCarthy should so obviously be the Oscars host that I'm irritated having to even say it.
Ok. @TheAcademy- here you go- ME OR @IssaRae OR @SarahKSilverman OR @aliwong OR @iamsambee OR @robinthede OR… https://t.co/7GUIQ6MTGo
I’m no saint. We just wanted a little understanding, a little explanation. Apologies are tough - they leave you vul… https://t.co/FLOEGXk87s
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Jamie Lee Curtis left nothing up to interpretation with a firm message: "Homophobia is not positivity," she wrote, referencing Hart's video message to fans before he officially decided to step down.

“Guys, I’m almost 40 years old,” Hart said in the selfie video. “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 the 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."

Other stars avoided mentioning Hart while still weighing in on the overall search for a new host, with Busy Philipps rattling off names of eligible female comics and Ricky Gervais suggesting himself.

RELATED: See Kevin Hart and wife Eniko Parrish together

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 03: Eniko Parrish and (R) Kevin Hart attends the Kevin Hart and Jon Feltheimer Host Launch Of Laugh Out Loud at Private Residence on August 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Kevin Hart (R) and Eniko Parrish attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 12: Actor Kevin Hart and wife, Eniko Parrish attend 'Kevin Hart: What Now?' Philadelphia Screening at UA Riverview 17 on October 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Eniko Parrish (L) and actor Kevin Hart attend The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Kevin Hart and wife Eniko Parrish arrive at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Presenter Kevin Hart arrives with Eniko Parrish at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actor Kevin Hart (R) and wife Eniko Parrish pose at the GQ Men of the Year Party in West Hollywood, California, December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Cast member Kevin Hart and fiancee Eniko Parrish pose at the premiere of "Get Hard" at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California March 25, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on March 27. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Kevin Hart (R) and model Eniko Parrish arrive at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS)
Comedian Kevin Hart (R) and his girlfriend Eniko Parrish attend Spike TV's "Guys Choice" awards in Los Angeles June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Kevin Hart and his fiancee Eniko Parrish pose at the premiere of the "The Wedding Ringer" at TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California January 6, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on January 16. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish arrive at the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES-Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(BETAWARDS-ARRIVALS)
Host Kevin Hart and his girlfriend Eniko arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (MTV-ARRIVALS)
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