American comedian and actor Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of 2019 Oscars over homophobic tweets he tweeted in 2010.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called Kevin Hart asking him to apologize for the tweets or have the Academy find another host.
Hart was hesitant to issue the apology before finally bowing down to the pressure from the heated conversations on twitter and offered his apology.
“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,” tweeted Hart.
When he was nominated, Hart had revealed that hosting Oscars had been one of his lifetime wishes.
In his first apology in 2015 in an interview with Rolling Stone, Hart was keen to note that he had changed since then, urging the public not to make a big deal out of small issues.