US comic and actor Kevin Hart says he has stepped down from internet hosting the 2019 Oscars following an argument over homophobic tweets.
He stated he didn’t wish to be a distraction and that he was “sorry he had harm folks”.
The selection of Hart for host was solely introduced on Tuesday.
However tweets from a decade in the past emerged of obvious anti-gay slurs, sparking requires the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences to drop him.
Kevin Hart had stated internet hosting the Oscars was “a purpose on my checklist for a very long time”.
However in a tweet late on Thursday he stated he had chosen to step down “as a result of I don’t wish to be a distraction on an evening that needs to be celebrated by so many superb gifted artists”.
He stated: “I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ group for my insensitive phrases of the previous.”
The function has thrown up issues for quite a lot of previous hosts and the Hollywood Reporter has called it “the least wanted job in Hollywood“.
The Oscars will happen in Los Angeles on 24 February 2019.