Kevin Hart Has Stepped Down As Oscars Host Amid Backlash Over Past Tweets
Actor Kevin Hart will no longer be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards following the controversy surrounding his previous anti-gay tweets.
Hart was announced as the host of the prestigious awards ceremony just two days ago but has since faced a backlash for homophobic tweets he wrote in 2011.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's (sic)," Hart wrote on Twitter this afternoon.
"...this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past."
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The actor continued on to say that he was sorry for the hurt he has caused to the LGBTQ community.
"I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart," Hart added.
Earlier today, Hart posted a video to Instagram saying the Academy had asked him to apologise for the anti-gay tweets if he wanted to keep his job as Oscars host.
"I passed," Hart explained on Instagram. "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," Hart added.
The comedian has since deleted the tweets that have landed him in hot water -- but the social media posts included a number of homophobic slurs that were condemned by LGBTQ rights group, GLAAD.
According to the Wrap, Hart's tweets included him referring to someone as "a gay billboard for AIDS" and calling another person a "fat f**".
Hart is currently on tour in Australia and will be performing at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney this evening.
The Academy will now have to scramble to find a replacement host for the February 25 awards.
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