Kevin Hart Steps Down as 2019 Oscars Host
By Natalie Benoit 12/07/2018
Kevin Hart was expected to host the 91st Academy Awards, but in less than two days, has stepped down from the role.
The news comes after public outcry over Hart’s previous anti-gay tweets from 2009-2011. The comedian’s old tweets resurfaced on Dec. 6, and included derogatory comments about those in the gay community.
In several Instagram posts, the “Jumanji” actor addressed the issue. In one video, Hart revealed that The Academy had asked him to apologize for his previous tweets, or they would revoke his job as host. Hart said he “passed on the apology,” because he has already addressed those comments and does not want to dredge up the past again.
Hart ends the video by thanking The Academy for offering him the opportunity to host the 2019 Oscars.
In another Instagram video, Hart said people change and grow as they get older, including himself. Hart wanted followers to realize he is not the same person he was when the homophobic tweets were made.
The comedian also shared the news with his Twitter followers.
“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 is currently traveling doing his comedy act on what he calls the “Irresponsible Tour.”
The Academy has not yet made a public statement.