Kevin Hart has relinquished what he called “the opportunity of a lifetime” to host the Academy Awards after being criticized for a series of homophobic tweets he made from 2009 to 2011. The comedian, 39, announced last week he’d been tapped to host next February’s Oscars, but days later, Hart said, the Academy presented him with an ultimatum: Apologize for supposedly humorous tweets that repeatedly used terms like “fag” and “homo,” or step down. In one tweet from 2011, Hart said that if his son, then age 4, ever tried to play with his daughter’s dollhouse, “I’m going 2 break it over his head” and say, “stop that’s gay.” Hart said he’d “evolved” since writing that tweet and apologized for his “insensitive words,” but said he was pulling out as host because “I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.”
Singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has settled a lawsuit he filed claiming that his former girlfriend, Stevie Nicks, booted him from Fleetwood Mac’s 2018-2019 tour. Buckingham and Nicks began dating in 1974 after they joined Fleetwood Mac, and the hit “Go Your Own Way” is about their breakup. Buckingham, 69, says Nicks, 70, became furious because she believed he was smirking and snickering while she gave an acceptance speech when the group was honored at a concert this January. He says he soon got a call from the band’s manager, who screamed, “Stevie never wants to be on stage with you again.” In his lawsuit, Buckingham asked for the $12 million he claims he lost by being excluded from the tour; the suit was settled out of court.
Miley Cyrus announced last year she had given up smoking marijuana, but now says she’s returned to occasionally getting stoned—thanks to her mother, Tish. Cyrus said she’d given up smoking weed earlier this year, explaining that it had made her unfocused and lethargic. But speaking recently with The Sun (U.K.), Miley, 26, said Tish Cyrus, 51, “got me back on it,” adding, “We toke a little. Every now and then.” Her mom, she says, “smokes a lot of weed.”