Hart quits as Os­cars host over anti-gay tweets

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Just two days af­ter be­ing named host of the Acad­emy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down fol­low­ing an out­cry over past ho­mo­pho­bic tweets by the co­me­dian.

Cap­ping a swift and dra­matic fall­out, Hart wrote on Twit­ter early 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.

Ear­lier Thurs­day evening, the co­me­dian had re­fused to apol­o­gize for tweets that resur­faced af­ter he was an­nounced as Os­cars host on Tues­day.

“I chose to pass on the apol­ogy,” Hart said. “The rea­son why I passed is be­cause I’ve ad­dressed this sev­eral times.”

The film acad­emy didn’t re­spond to mes­sages.

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