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Kevin Hart has decided to quit as host of the 2019 Oscars following a controversy over homophobic tweets.

The actor said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was “sorry he had hurt people”.

The choice of Kevin Hart for host was only announced on December 4.

However, tweets from a decade ago emerged of anti-gay slurs, sparking calls for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to drop him.

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Kevin Hart had said hosting the Oscars was “a goal on my list for a long time”.

In a tweet on December 6, the actor said he had chosen to step down” because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists”.

He said: “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.”

Comments Kevin Hart made during a comedy routine in 2010 have been put under the spotlight in recent days.

“One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear,” the actor told the audience.

“Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, be happy. Do what you want to do.

“But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”

In 2015, by which time Kevin Hart’sprofile had risen significantly, the actor addressed the comments in an interview with Rolling Stone.

He said: “I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now.

“I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can.”

When Kevin Hart revealed he would bethe Oscars host earlier this week, he said it was the “opportunity of alifetime for me as a comedian” and that his mother was “smiling fromear to ear right now”.

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Maria Menounos’ ensemble looked like a disaster waiting to happen before she was even on her way to the Academy Awards ceremony.

Maria Menounos looked great in a bright pink bandeau floor-length gown which she wore with her hair in a bouffant style.

She had to take on an awkward position as she got in the car to make her way to the ceremony though as the design was somewhat uncomfortable for her.

Maria Menounos posted alongside an Instagram picture: “This is how I have to sit in the car..the dress has a bustier that’s stabbing me! Hahah.”

She explained that choosing and trying on the frock was not done in the most traditional way, meaning she wouldn’t be able to see the predicament coming.

Maria Menounos posted alongside a snap of her outfit in a small restroom cubicle: “I did my Oscar fitting in the bathroom at the bev hills hotel yesterday…”

Maria Menounos’ ensemble looked like a disaster waiting to happen before she was even on her way to the Academy Awards ceremony

Maria Menounos’ ensemble looked like a disaster waiting to happen before she was even on her way to the Academy Awards ceremony

The A-listers are currently sweeping into Hollywood as the biggest event in the movie industry calendar looms tonight, Oscars 2012.

For all the star quality brought to the red carpet by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Rooney Mara and Halle Berry, it is the enduring icons of the golden age that still show the A-listers how it should be done.

The golden generations’ pictures capture the sophistication and allure of stars on awards nights more than half a century ago.

In one, Audrey Hepburn grins and sports an elfin haircut while clutching her Oscar in 1953, for her breakout role in Roman Holiday alongside Gregory Peck.

Frank Sinatra’s career was on the wane when he won the Best Supporting Actor award in the same year for the wartime drama From Here To Eternity.

Audrey Hepburn grins and sports an elfin haircut while clutching her Oscar in 1953, for her breakout role in Roman Holiday alongside Gregory Peck

Audrey Hepburn grins and sports an elfin haircut while clutching her Oscar in 1953, for her breakout role in Roman Holiday alongside Gregory Peck

After Marlon Brando won the Academy Award for On The Waterfront it was stolen, finally turning up in a London auction house who contacted the actor and informed him that they had it. Before that the two-time Best Actor winner had been using it to help hold his front door open.

A teenage Natalie Wood glances excitedly in the mirror as she is primped and preened in preparation for the Oscars in a Warner Brothers studio dressing room – the night she won a Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in the 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause.

Kirk Douglas is seen charming the crowd in 1954 as he enters the Academy Awards ceremony. He was nominated three times for Best Actor but never won. Kirk Douglas received a Honorary award in 1996 for “50 years as a moral and creative force in the motion picture community”.

In other pictures, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wait with apparent nerves backstage to present an award. They are both dressed in full-skirted gowns with evening gloves and hair in elegant chignons.

A dashing Clark Gable arrives with Kelly, wrapped in a fur stole, at another ceremony while one of Tinseltown’s greatest romances – Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart radiate glamour.

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wait with apparent nerves backstage to present an award

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wait with apparent nerves backstage to present an award

 


The first awards were handed out to a select 15 in front of a crowd of 270 on May 16, 1929, at a private brunch in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

The root of where the name Oscar comes has become a highly contested Hollywood legend. One biography of Bette Davis claims that she named the Oscar after her first husband – band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson.

Another claimed origin is that the Academy’s secretary, Margaret Herrick, first saw the award in 1931 and made reference to the statuette reminding her of her “Uncle Oscar”. The trophy was officially dubbed the Oscar in 1939 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

The 84th Academy Awards will be hosted by Billy Crystal at the Kodak theatre tonight. It is televised live across the U.S. and is watched by around 40 million Americans.

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