Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sqoop - Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photos
Sqoop – Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photosSqoop – Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photos

Four One One

VIDEO: Kevin Hart withdraws from hosting Oscars over 2009 anti-gay tweets

In this file photo taken on September 24, 2018 actor Kevin Hart arrives for the premiere of ‘Night School’ in Los Angeles, California. US comedian and actor Kevin Hart abruptly withdrew from hosting the Oscars on December 6, 2018, amid flack for past homophobic and anti-gay tweets. Two days after announcing he had landed what he called a dream gig, Hart said that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had told him to choose between apologizing for the tweets or losing the job. Hart said the tweets were from nearly a decade ago and that he has matured since then.
Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

US comedian and actor Kevin Hart abruptly withdrew from hosting the Oscars Thursday night amid flack for past homophobic and anti-gay tweets.

Two days after announcing he had landed what he called a dream gig, Hart said that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had told him to choose between apologizing for the tweets or losing the job. Hart said the tweets were from nearly a decade ago and that he has matured since then.

“I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times,” Hart, 39, said during a video posted to Instagram.

“I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. 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,” Hart said.

On Twitter, Hart apologized to the LGBTQ community for what he called “my insensitive words from my past.”

“I’m sorry that I hurt people,” he added. “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.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I know who I am & so do the people closest to me. #LiveLoveLaugh

A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on

The Academy must now find a new host for the 91st Academy Awards in February.

The “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” star was to have hosted the glitzy event after talk show host Jimmy Kimmel held the gig for two consecutive years.

Whoever hosts it will face pressure to boost audience ratings for the annual show that will be held on February 24 in Hollywood and which had an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers last year, compared to 43 million in 2014.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has said that it was introducing a number of changes to improve viewership, including shortening the show to three hours and handing out some of the awards during commercial breaks.

You May Also Like

Events

When comedian Dr Hilllary announced his comedy special for June 24, 2022, many were skeptical if he was going to pull it off in...

News

The Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development together with the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) Policy Board have put off the UMA elections until...

Events

Ugandan Afro-House music lovers celebrated the fast-rising music genre and mingle together on Sunday during the Club Brunch In-House concert. Organised by Mwami Media...

Events

Over the years, Bishop Arnold Muwonge has been a charitable man. He has given back to society and even has a foundation that was...

Advertisement