Kevin Hart confirmed he will be the host of the 2019 Oscars in a long-winded Instagram post yesterday.
The 39-year-old father of three took to the social media platform to announce the big news, writing: “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 the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s supposed 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.”
Kevin also thanks his family, friends, and fans in the post, pointing out that his mother, Nancy, who died in 2007, is “smiling from ear to ear right now.”
While many fans are supporting Kevin, some are speaking out against him hosting the Oscars, saying they will “skip it” this year. One Twitter user even tweeted at the official Academy Awards account, writing, “And then you’re asking to yourself why the ratings are getting lower and lower.”
Hart joins the long list of celebrated Oscar hosts; Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Oscars last year as well as the prior year, Chris Rock hosted in 2016, and in 2015, Neil Patrick Harris hosted.
The Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
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