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Kevin Hart Steps Down As Oscars Host Following LGBTQ Comment Controversy

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Kevin Hart landing one of the coveted gigs in award season was met almost instantly with widespread controversy.


The comedian faced backlash for past homophobic comments he had made in tweets along with a video from a 2010 standup special which centred around his fear of his three-year-old son being gay.


 

Hart has now announced that he would be stepping down from next year’s ceremony, so as not to become “a distraction”.

In his announcement, the comedian turned actor also apologised for his “insensitive words” to the LGTBQ community.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars,” wrote Hart.

“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 and appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

Just hours before his decision, Hart uploaded a video to Instagram, telling his followers that he had received a call from the Academy, telling him to apologise otherwise he would be removed as host.

In the video, he refused to apologise.

“I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason I chose to pass is because I’ve addressed this several times, this is not the first time this has come up, I’ve addressed this… I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different space in my life,” he said.

“Regardless, Academy, I’m thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If it goes away no harm no foul.”

Katey Roberts

Katey Roberts

Social Editorial Executive
Katey is the Social Editorial Executive for Media Chain. She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017 with a BA of Film And Media Studies. Former Social Editor of PRETTY52. Tweet her @kateydoll, or email her at [email protected]