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.