Kevin Hart steps down as host of Os­cars

Waterloo Region Record - - Arts & Life -

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.

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