Os­cars host quits three days af­ter he’s hired in ho­mo­pho­bia storm

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CO­ME­DIAN Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Os­cars over his past ho­mo­pho­bic tweets.

The stand-up per­former had been un­veiled as the cer­e­mony’s pre­sen­ter on Tues­day, de­scrib­ing the role as ‘the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time’.

But shortly af­ter his ap­point­ment, crit­ics high­lighted of­fen­sive mes­sages the ac­tor posted on­line be­tween 2009 and 2011. One tweet said: ‘If my son comes home and try’s (sic) 2 play with my daugh­ters doll house I’m go­ing 2 break it over his head & say n my voice “stop that’s gay”.’

Hart was or­dered to apol­o­gise by Os­cars bosses, but yes­ter­day stepped down in­stead. ‘I do not want to be a dis­trac­tion on a night that should be cel­e­brated by so many amaz­ing tal­ented artists,’ he said. ‘I sin­cerely apol­o­gise to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity for my in­sen­si­tive words from my past.

‘I’m sorry that I hurt peo­ple … I am evolv­ing and want to con­tinue to do so.’

Or­gan­is­ers now face a race against time to find a re­place­ment. The Academy Awards will take place in Los An­ge­les on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 24.

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