Right after rumors starting spreading around that Kevin Hart might be hosting the Oscars next year, he confirmed the news!
This will be the first time the comedian is emceeing the event, and he couldn’t be more excited. “I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one,” Hart wrote on Instagram on Dec. 4. “I appreciate @TheAcademy for the opportunity. Now it’s time to rise to the occasion.”
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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
In the past couple of years, Oscars rating have unfortunately plummeted. According to The Hollywood Reporter, last year’s event hit a record-low of 26.5 million viewers. As one of the most popular comedians in the game right now, the Academy is looking to Hart to help boost those ratings.
Though he’s never hosted the Oscars before, Hart does have emcee experience. He and Dwayne Johnson, his Central Intelligence co-star, previously hosted the MTV Music Awards. Hart has been publicly vocal about wanting to host the Oscars since 2015, so it’s great to finally see him achieve this goal.
The Academy Awards will air on ABC on Feb. 24.