Comedian Kevin Hart said he has decided to step down from hosting the Oscars.
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars.
The comedian and actor made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday after his past anti-gay comments resurfaced.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's ... this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists," he tweeted.
Hart earlier in the week said he was named as the host for the 2019 Academy Awards.
In an Instagram video, Hart says the Academy issued an ultimatum for him to apologise for the comments.