Kevin Hart has decided to step down as the host of the 2019 Oscars after his old homophobic tweets stirred outrage.
Posting on his Twitter last night, the actor-comedian said he doesn’t want to be a distraction on the night that was meant to celebrate those who put in hard work in the movie industry. And this comes hours after he revealed that the Academy gave him an ultimatum to issue the apology.
At first he refused, and then took to Twitter to announce that he is stepping down.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….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,” he said.
Adding, “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”
See his tweets below: