Kevin Hart has decided to step down as Oscar host for the 91st Oscars, saying he did not want to “be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.” He also offered up an apology so many had asked before, “I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past.”
Kevin Hart has 66 million Instagram followers, 34 million Twitter followers, and held his spot on the list of favorite comedians for 57 straight weeks. Hosting the Oscars was, he said, a lifelong dream. But Hart made graphic, homophobic slurs back in 2009 and 2010. He did not apologize when asked, but instead offered up his own apology and walked away from the gig. Now the Academy will have to find someone to fill the shoes of the most hated and high pressure job in Hollywood. I’m sure everyone will have some suggestions. Perhaps they should hire someone to do proper vetting in the future.
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 (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018