Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the Oscars after plenty of alleged homophobic tweets resurfaced.
The comic made the announcement on Twitter, saying he did not need the posts to be a “distraction on the night time”.
The tweets had been initially posted between 2009 and 2011, and contained offensive language in direction of the LGBT neighborhood.
Hart – who had beforehand described the gig as a “dream come true” – had initially refused to apologise for the tweets, saying he had already addressed the problems.
However because the controversy continued to construct, the 39-year-old tweeted: “I’ve made the selection to step down from internet hosting this yr’s Oscar’s….it’s because I don’t wish to be a distraction on an evening that ought to be celebrated by so many superb gifted artists.
“I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ neighborhood for my insensitive phrases from my previous.
“I am sorry that I damage individuals. I’m evolving and wish to proceed to take action. My objective is to deliver individuals collectively not tear us aside.
“A lot love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we are able to meet once more.”
Yesterday, he posted an Instagram video saying that the Academy had referred to as him and requested he apologised.
He instructed followers: “I selected to cross on the apology. The rationale why I handed is as a result of I’ve addressed this a number of instances.
“This isn’t the primary time this has come up. I’ve addressed it.
“I’ve spoken on it. I’ve mentioned the place the rights and wrongs had been.”
Hart would have been one among a handful of African People to host the Oscars, following on from stars together with Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Sammy Davis Jr.
Now the query is, who will the Academy select to switch him as host?!