Kevin Hart announces he's been selected to host Academy Awards 2019: It's time to rise to the occasion

FP Staff

Dec 05, 2018 13:30:39 IST

Chris Evans might have wanted fellow Avenger Robert Downey Jr to take the stand, but Kevin Hart has been selected to host the 91st Academy Awards ceremony.

Kevin Hart announces hes been selected to host Academy Awards 2019: Its time to rise to the occasion

Kevin Hart. Twitter/@TheAcademy

Hart took to Instagram to make the announcement, adding, "Now it's time to rise to the occasion." He will be hosting the Oscars 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 it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars

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The news was confirmed by The Academy, who tweeted:

Quoting Hart, The Academy also said that they were happy to have Hart on board.

Hart has earlier hosted the MTV Movie Awards along with his Central Intelligence co-star Dwayne Johnson, who is expected to join the comedian on live global broadcast, IndiWire states.  Jimmy Kimmel congratulated Hart on Twitter, lauding the Academy's choice.

Hart succeeds Kimmel, who hosted the last two editions of the Oscars. However, the ratings every year have declined, with it plummeting to a record low of 26.5 million viewer in 2018, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Updated Date: Dec 05, 2018 13:30:39 IST

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