Oscars 2019: Kevin Hart quits as host amid 'homophobic' tweets row

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US comedian-actor Kevin Hart announced he is stepping down as host of Oscars 2019 following a controversy over some of his tweets which have been perceived homophobic. Hart was officially announced as the host on Tuesday.

Kevin Hart apologised to the LGBTQ community for his 'insensitive' words and said he will not be hosting the event as he did not want to be a 'distraction'. On Tuesday, when he was picked as the host, he had tweeted that hosting the Oscars was the opportunity of a lifetime. However, soon after the announcement was made, there was an outcry on social media with people pulling up his earlier tweets in which he used homophobic slurs. Another 2010 video of a stand-up performance also resurfaced in which Hart joked about how one of his biggest fears was about his three-year-old son becoming gay.

In a video shared on Instagram on Friday, Hart said he had been called by the academy and asked to apologise for his tweets or another host would be found. “I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason I chose to pass is because I’ve addressed this several times, this is not the first time this has come up, I’ve addressed this… I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different space in my life,” he said.

He appeared to later change his mind and issue an apology again, as he stepped down as host.

The Oscars will be held in Los Angeles on February 24.