Kevin Hart has pulled out of hosting the Academy Awards 2019, three days after he was confirmed for the role.
The comedian announced his decision to step down on Thursday night, after facing a backlash for tweeting ‘homophobic’ slurs in 2010.
Kevin, 39, apologised to the Academy and to anyone he offended as he confirmed that he would no longer host in February. ‘I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,’ the actor tweeted.
‘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.
In a second tweet, he added: ‘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.’ In a series of tweets from 2009-2010, Kevin was seen calling people ‘f**s’, and branding people gay as a slur.
One comment posted to someone read: ‘lmao, that’s why u sweat 4 know reason u fat faced f**’ ‘Lmao @ all of the woman asking me where the pic is, I’m not passing along a pic of a naked man!!! That would make me gay by association,’ he wrote in another.