‘In­sen­si­tive’ Hart quits

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– Co­me­dian Kevin Hart on Thurs­day stepped down from host­ing the 2019 Os­car cer­e­mony af­ter “in­sen­si­tive words” about the LGBTQ com­mu­nity he tweeted in the past ap­peared on­line.

The 39-year-old co­me­dian and Ride Along ac­tor had an­nounced on Tues­day that he would host the Acad­emy Awards, the film in­dus­try’s high­est hon­ours.

“I have made the choice to step down from host­ing this year’s Os­cars ... this is be­cause I do not want to be a dis­trac­tion on a night that should be cel­e­brated by so many amaz­ing tal­ented artists,” Hart said in a tweet on Thurs­day.

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

The Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences, which or­gan­ises the Os­cars, was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

Hart, who also starred in last year’s film Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle, would have fol­lowed talk­show host Jimmy Kim­mel who hosted the Os­cars this year and last year. The Os­cars will take place on Fe­bru­ary 24.

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