Comedian Kevin Hart has announced that he has stepped down from a hosting role for the Academy Awards.
This comes after backlash regarding homophobic tweets which surfaced from Hart's account, which were posted several years ago.
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. 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.
- Kevin Hart