Kevin Hart, 39, announced he would no longer be hosting next year’s Academy Awards on Twitter this morning.
The comic apologised to the LGBTQ community, after homophobic comments he made nearly a decade ago resurfaced.
He told fans: “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 amazing, talented artists.
“I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
In a recent Instagram video the father-of-three revealed he had received a call from the Academy after his old tweets went viral.
“I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologise for your tweets of old or we’re going to have to move on and find another host,” he shared.
“I’m talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010.”
He added: “I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times.
“This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were.”
“I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it,” the TV star continued.
“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.”
The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor also bemoaned those, who he claimed went digging for old tweets to spread negativity.
“The same energy that went into finding those old tweets could be the same energy put into finding the response to the questions that have been asked years after years after years,” he explained.
“We feed internet trolls and we reward them. I’m not going to do it, man. I’m going to be me. I’m going to stand my ground.
“Regardless, Academy, I’m thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If it goes away, no harm, no foul.”
Kevin came under fire earlier this week when several tweets he posted between 2009 and 2010 used the word gay as an insult.
He also used derogatory language referring to gay people and made disparaging remarks about sexuality.
On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the TV personality would host the annual award show in February.
The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 24 at the Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Academy Awards for comment.