Local Oscars 2019: Kevin Hart quits as host amid tweets row Published 5 days ago on December 7, 2018 By Aldin Pinkott Share Tweet Image copyright AFP Image caption Kevin Hart: “I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community” US comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he has stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars following a controversy over homophobic tweets. He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was “sorry he had hurt people”. The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday. But tweets from a decade ago emerged of apparent anti-gay slurs, sparking calls for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to drop him. Kevin Hart had said hosting the Oscars was “a goal on my list for a long time”. But in a tweet late on Thursday he said he had chosen to step down “because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists”. He said: “I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past.” When he revealed that he would be host, Hart said it was the “opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian” and that “my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now”. Earlier on Thursday it had appeared he would try to ride out the storm. In an Instagram post he spoke out against the “negative energy” of the criticism, saying “stop searching for reasons to be angry”. He said he was almost 40 years old and was “in love with the man I’m becoming”. In a later video he said he had been called by the academy and asked to apologise or another host would be found. “I chose to pass. I passed on the apology,” he said, repeating that the issue of the tweets had been addressed in the past. He appeared to later change his mind and issue an apology as he stood down. The role has thrown up problems for a number of past hosts and the Hollywood Reporter has called it “the least wanted job in Hollywood“. The Oscars will take place in Los Angeles on 24 February 2019. This story was originally published by BBC Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics:Featured Up Next Zainab Mughal: Toddler with cancer spurs hunt for rare blood Don't Miss Heather Nauert ‘to replace Nikki Haley as US envoy to UN’ Continue Reading You may like Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics20 mins ago Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC Sean “Diddy” Combs helped to make Cîroc a best-selling vodka — but he and scores of other celebs never said... Business1 hour ago How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Glossier, the hit e-commerce beauty brand that recently opened a flagship store in New York, announced Tuesday that it will... Local2 hours ago Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou has said she will contest allegations of fraud Donald Trump says he could... Local3 hours ago ‘If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?’ Google’s Chief executive Sundar Pichai went in front of US Congress to defend his company to lawmakers. He faced questions... Entertainment3 hours ago Duchess Meghan Gives a Sweet Nod to Father-in-Law Prince Charles Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images A sweet statement! Duchess Meghan gave a... Most Read Local1 week ago Wilder v Fury: Stunning draw in the WBC world heavyweight title fight Sports5 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports5 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?