Kevin Hart quits as Oscar 2019 host amid homophobic tweets row

Last Updated: Dec 07 2018 13:05

HOLLYWOOD- Actor Comedian Kevin Hart has quit as host of 2019 Oscar ceremony following a controversy over homophobic tweets.

Hart was announced as the host for the Academy Awards on Tuesday.

As soon as he was announced the host, his decade old anti-gay tweets resurfaced, forcing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to drop him.

In a tweet late on Thursday, Hart said he had chosen to step down "because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists".

He said: "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past."

The Academy now searches for a new host even as it prepares to conduct the award ceremony in Los Angeles on 24 February 2019.