Kevin Hart Quits As Host Of Oscars 2019 – Barely Days After Acceptance

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Kevin Hart Quits As Host Of Oscars 2019 – Barely Days After Acceptance

Kevin Hart has announced that he is stepping down as host of next year’s Oscars ceremony following an outcry over perceived homophobic comments and tweets from the comedian years ago.

The award-winning comedian and comic-actor, who has starred in movies such as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Ride Along,” is rejecting the job barely days after he described the role as one that fulfils his longtime dream.

Kevin Hart Announced As Host Of Oscars 2019

After announcing the job on Tuesday, tweets from a decade ago emerged of anti-gay slurs, sparking calls for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to drop him.

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 amazing talented artists”.

“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. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

Hart also included an apology to the LGBTQ community.

“I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

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