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Kevin Hart steps down as Oscar host after facing criticism for anti-gay tweets

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscar host after facing criticism for anti-gay tweets

Comedian Kevin Hart on Thursday stepped down as host for the upcoming Academy Awards after anti-gay tweets and comments during previous stand-up routines resurfaced.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” Hart wrote on Twitter. “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.”
He added that he was sorry to the people who were hurt by his comments.
“I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart,” he wrote. “Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”