Hart’s com­ments cost him Os­cars gig

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Os­cars.

Af­ter he claimed he was pres­sured by the Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences to apol­o­gize for past ho­mo­pho­bic com­ments, the co­me­dian an­nounced Thurs­day night his de­ci­sion to step away from host­ing this year’s cer­e­mony.

“I have made the choice to step down from host­ing this year’s Os­car’s,” said Hart on Twit­ter. “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 had pre­vi­ously re­vealed on In­sta­gram that the Acad­emy was de­mand­ing he apol­o­gize for tweets that had resur­faced af­ter it was an­nounced ear­lier this week that he would host the cer­e­mony. Crit­ics pointed out that the co­me­dian had a his­tory of mak­ing ho­mo­pho­bic re­marks.

Hart had urged peo­ple to “stop search­ing for rea­sons to be an­gry” in an even ear­lier post Thurs­day.

In one of his Thurs­day state­ments, Hart em­pha­sized how peo­ple “live” and “learn” and “grow” and “ma­ture” over the years rather than di­rectly ad­dress any of his past com­ments.

“I’m in a great place,” said Hart. “A great ma­ture place where all I do is spread pos­i­tiv­ity.”

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