Kevin Hart quits as 2019 Oscars host

Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down on Thursday from hosting the 2019 Oscar ceremony after “insensitive words” about gays he tweeted in the past resurfaced online.

The 39-year-old comedian and “Ride Along” actor had announced on Tuesday that he would host the Academy Awards, the film industry’s highest honors.

“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,” Hart said in a tweet late on Thursday.

Just a couple of days after 
Kevin
Hart,was announced as host of the next Oscars, the comedian said he would be stepping down amid a firestorm over his past tweets.

“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” he tweeted.

In one of the old tweets, Hart described an actor’s picture as a “gay billboard for AIDS”. In another he said if his son were playing with a doll’s house, he would break it over his head and tell him to stop being gay.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, was not immediately available for comment.

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