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Comedian Kevin Hart backed out of being the host of the Oscars amid an uproar over his history of making homophobic jokes on Twitter.

In a late-night tweet, Hart wrote: “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. ”

His decision to give up the coveted hosting gig and apologize came after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apparently gave Hart an ultimatum.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Author: By matt.wilstein@thedailybeast.com (Matt Wilstein)