Actor and comedian Kevin Hart on Thursday night said he will not host the 2019 Oscars, just days after it was announced he had the gig. His decision to step down came as he faced backlash after homophobic tweets he made in 2009 and 2010 resurfaced. Hart said he does "not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past." Earlier in the night, Hart posted a video on Instagram saying the Academy asked him to apologize for his tweets. "I've addressed it," he said, adding, "I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different place in my life."

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