NEW YORK | Hart steps down as Oscars host after outcry over old tweets

NEW YORK  | Hart steps down as Oscars host after outcry over old tweets

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

Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn’t want to be a distraction. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” wrote Hart.

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