Kevin Hart Steps Down as 91st Oscars Host
Within days of announcing that he would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, actor-comedian Kevin Hart has stepped down as the award show’s host after earlier homophobic comments surfaced on social media. He made the announcement on Twitter, and apologised to the LGBTQ community.
“This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” Hart wrote. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
Both The Academy and Hart had announced earlier in the week that he would host the 91st Academy Awards ceremony on 24 February 2019.
Producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss were to oversee the show.