Kevin Hart Will Host The 2019 Oscars

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Kevin Hart will be the host for the 91st Academy Awards in February

The comedian took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce he’s been selected to host the 2019 Academy Awards for the first time.

 

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For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars

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“For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to,” he wrote. “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced that stage is unbelievable.”

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Hart succeeds Jimmy Kimmel, who has hosted the last two Academy Awards.

Kimmel sent Hart his well wishes on Twitter, writing, “Congratulations amigo – @TheAcademy made an excellent choice. You are going to kill it.”

Hart, who most recently starred in the comedy “Night School” alongside Tiffany Haddish, has previously hosted award ceremonies like the BET Awards in 2011 and the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

“I will be sure to make this years (sic) Oscars a special one,” Hart added.
The Academy confirmed the news, tweeting: “Welcome to the family, @kevinhart4real.”

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