Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars, after apologizing for the homophobic comments he made 9 years ago.

The actor and comedian made the announcement on Twitter along with an apology for his past anti-gay comments, which resurfaced online.

“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 amazingly talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past” he tweeted.

''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” he added.

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The announcement of his hosting the Oscars sparked an angry backlash, after homophobic comments from the comedian resurfaced online.

Several of the tweets were screenshot by Twitter users and spread online.

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