Kevin Hart steps down as host of Oscars
Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets. Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn’t want to be a distraction. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” wrote Hart. In a video on Instagram, Hart said the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave him an ultimatum: apologize or “we’re going to have to move on and find another host.” “I chose to pass on the apology,” Hart said. “The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times.” Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-2011. But they had already been screen-captured and been shared online.