Kevin Hart steps down as host of the Oscars
Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars.
Hart, who was only confirmed as the host of the show on Tuesday (December 4th), has now decided to step down.
His decision comes after it emerged that he had tweeted anti-gay slurs earlier in his career. The Academy will now begin the search for a new host.
The comedian later took to Twitter to explain his decision, you can read his response below:
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.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
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.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
Next year’s Oscars will take place on February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Plans for a new category aimed at rewarding "outstanding achievement in popular film" have been delayed and will not take effect for the 2019 show.