Kevin Hart Steps Down as 2019 Oscar Host

Kevin Hart has stepped down from hosting next year’s Oscars ceremony, insisting he doesn’t want to be ”a distraction” on the night following the emergence of past homophobic tweets.

The 39-year-old comedian took to Twitter to confirm he will no longer front next year’s Oscars ceremony because he doesn’t want to ”be a distraction” following the emergence of past homophobic tweets, and he has said sorry to the LGBTQ community for his previous ”insensitive words”.

He tweeted: ”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 – who revealed just two days ago he was to host the 2019 Academy Awards, describing the moment as ”the opportunity of a lifetime” – also admitted he is hopeful he will be able meet Academy bosses again at some point.

He 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.”