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Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down as host of the Academy Awards, days after his gig was announced. Hart had faced criticism about some of his years-old homophobic tweets that an editor for The Guardian drew attention to. (One of those tweets: "Yo if my son comes home & try's 2 play with my daughters doll house I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay.") At first, via Instagram, Hart declined to apologize, saying, "We feed internet trolls and we reward them. I'm not gonna do it, man." Later, he tweeted that he was backing out of the Feb. 24 event to be broadcast on ABC. "I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's," he tweeted. "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 apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past."

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