How Many Black People Have Hosted the Oscars? Kevin Hart Would Have Only Been

Kevin Hart would have been latest African American to host the annual Academy Awards since Chris Rock manned the job in 2016. However, the comedian stepped down from the glamorous yet grueling position as host of the upcoming 91st Academy Awards following an outpour of backlash regarding homophobic comments he made on Twitter several years ago.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” Hart wrote in a Twitter post on early Friday morning. “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.”