Hart quits as Oscars host over anti-gay tweets
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.