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Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host amid tweets row

Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host amid tweets row

Entertainment
US comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he has stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars following a controversy over homophobic tweets.He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people".The choice of Hart for host was only announced on Tuesday. But tweets from a decade ago emerged of anti-gay slurs, sparking calls for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to drop him.Kevin Hart had said hosting the Oscars was "a goal on my list for a long time".But in a tweet late on Thursday he 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 sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words of the past."Comments Hart made during a c...
Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

Technology
For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space agency cannot discuss due to privacy laws. Kulin was among 12 new astronauts chosen last summer from a record 18,300 applicants. Kulin, 34, was working as a senior manager at SpaceX when selected and said at the time he was hoping to fly on a vehicle he helped design. SpaceX and Boeing are developing NASA's first commercial crew capsules, due to launch within the next year. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and an ice drille...
What next for adland's Napoleon as he quits WPP?

What next for adland's Napoleon as he quits WPP?

Business
Contacts and business associates of Sir Martin Sorrell have, it is said, in the past played a game when they are gathered together.The aim is to email him simultaneously and then see how quickly he responds and to whom he replies first.Invariably, they all get a reply, almost at once.The tale, repeated around the wine bars of Soho, Mayfair and the City too many times to merely be apocryphal, speaks volumes about the advertising mogul: that he is almost never incommunicado, that he replies to emails at lightning speed and that he is a consummate networker.In advertising, marketing and public relations, all activities spanned by WPP, there is no more important role than to love your client and hug them close to you at all times.Sir Martin's prowess at this, as demonstrated by the tale, has b...
Sorrell quits WPP in 'interests of company'

Sorrell quits WPP in 'interests of company'

Business
The chief executive of WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency, has confirmed he is resigning from his post.Sir Martin Sorrell, who has been with the company for 32 years, is quitting following allegations of personal misconduct through the misuse of company assets, as revealed by Sky News on Saturday.In a statement released on Saturday, the 73-year-old told staff he was stepping aside following an internal investigation by the company."As I look ahead, I see that the current disruption we are experiencing is simply putting too much unnecessary pressure on the business," he said."That is why I have decided that in your interest, in the interest of our clients, in the interest of all share owners, both big and small, and in the interest of all our other stakeholders, it is best for me t...
Aussie coach quits in another tearful news conference

Aussie coach quits in another tearful news conference

World
Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann has tearfully resigned - just hours after disgraced former captain Steve Smith broke down before the world's media.Lehmann will quit after the current Test series in South Africa after three players were sent home for ball-tampering.The Australian coach was cleared by Cricket Australia of having a role in the cheat scandal but told a news conference "it's the right time to step away".He said: "I'm ultimately responsible for the culture of the team and I've been thinking about my position for a while."Despite telling media yesterday that I'm not resigning, after reviewing Steve and Cameron's hurting it's only fair that I make this decision."This will allow Cricket Australia to complete a full review into the culture of the team and allow them to imple...