After years of campaigning for the gig, Kevin Hart will host the 2019 Academy Awards.
Rumors first surfaced Tuesday afternoon that Hart was offered the hosting role. Hart later confirmed the reports that evening on Instagram, along with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey.
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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
On why Hart was chosen to host, Bailey told Variety, “First of all, he’s a very kind of warm and loving and lovable person. 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.”