Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host after anger over gay slurs

Kevin Hart 'missed a real opportunity' by stepping down as Oscars host, GLAAD says - NY Daily News

Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Thursday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn't want to be a distraction.

The Oscars already has a cringe-inducing history of hosts.

At a Hollywood event Thursday night, comedian Kathy Griffin, whose career suffered previous year when she posted a photo on social media that looked like a beheaded President Donald Trump, said Hart messed up, yet had empathy for the situation. As Variety reports, the events transpired in the wake of an outcry over anti-gay tweets (many of which were hastily deleted) and homophobic comments Hart made during stand-up routines almost a decade ago.

By Thursday morning, a few publications had written articles about them and the outrage escalated.

Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.

But his stepping down hasn't pleased everyone. In the second video, he flat out refused to apologize when asked by Academy Award organizers. Well done #KevinHart, ' actor D.L. Hughley said. F*** 'em if they can't take a joke! Snoop Dogg posted an even more colourful Instagram video in support of Hart.

The stepping down tweet finally contained the apology that everyone had been looking for.

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GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said Thursday that it reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and Hart's management to "discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record". He bowed out on his own, and with an apology.

All eyes are now turned to the Academy to choose another host.

Now everyone has an opinion about who should be named host. Some have said Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted one of the Oscars' highest-rated shows, or Tom Hanks, who has a longstanding academy relationship.

Other possible hosts floated by Variety include Billy Eichner; Donald Glover; Ken Jeong; Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele; Melissa McCarthy; Lin Manuel-Miranda; Patton Oswalt; Issa Rae and Wanda Sykes.

Busy Phillips threw her own name out there tweeting: 'I AM AVAILABLE'.

But the film academy will need to move quickly as the 91st Oscars ceremony is less than three months away slated for February 24, 2019.

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