Kevin Hart has announced he is stepping down as Oscar host for the 91st Oscars ceremony. This is after tweets of his were dug up from 2011 and before that included a lot of anti-gay language. Reportedly, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the actor and comedian an ultimatum – apologize or step down.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars,” he says. “This is because I do 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. I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”
The search will begin anew now for another host or possibly more than one host.
The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss will oversee The 91st Annual Academy Awards. Gigliotti is producing and Weiss will co-produce and direct.
The last two Oscars were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.