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Comedian Kevin Hart Announces He Will Host the 2019 Oscars

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Comedian Kevin Hart took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce that he will host the 2019 Oscars.

Hart expressed how excited he is to be hosting the 91st Academy Awards, “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.”

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Hart stated that this has been a longtime goal, “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,” Hart wrote.

“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,” Hart concluded.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey tells Variety that he’s “very excited” to see what the funny man will do when he makes his hosting debut next year.

“First of all, he’s a very kind of warm and loving and lovable person,” Bailey said at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures celebration of the restored Saban Building. “He’s also wanted to do this for many years. He’s been very clear how he felt about it and that’s very heartening to us.”

“I think Kevin will do a really good job,” former Academy president Hawk Koch, who was also at last night’s Saban Building event, told Variety. “He’s funny. He’s hip. I think a lot of people really like him. Audiences have so many things to choose from today and to have someone who isn’t on television every minute…I thought Jimmy Kimmel did a great job the last two years but you see him five nights a week.”

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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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“Welcome to the family, @kevinhar4real! #Oscars,” The Academy responded to Hart’s announcement.

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The Academy Awards with take place on February 24, 2019, at 8:00 pm EST.