Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host amid outcry

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FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2017 file photo, Kevin Hart arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in Los Angeles. Hart will host the 2019 Academy Awards, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the actor-comedian. Hart announced Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, his selection in an Instagram statement and the Academy […]

Kevin Hart is officially stepping down as the host of the Oscars. He made the announcement on Twitter early Friday morning.

The move follows an outcry over previous anti-gay tweets by the comedian.

“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,” Hart wrote.

“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,” he continued in a subsequent tweet.

The Oscars will be broadcast on ABC on February 24. It’s unclear who will host.

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