WASHINGTON (Circa) — Kevin Hart is set to host the 91st Academy Awards in February. The comedian made the big announcement on his Instagram page on Tuesday night. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the story.
"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," Hart said in the post. "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(s) that have graced that stage is unbelievable."
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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
Hart would continue on to say, "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 year's Oscars a special one. I appreciate @TheAcademy for the opportunity....now it's time to rise to the occasion. #Oscars"
Hart, who most recently starred in the movie "Night School" with Tiffany Haddish, will host the show Sunday, Feb. 24th on ABC. The comedian has not been shy about his desire to host the biggest awards show in Hollywood. He referenced it multiple times during a fake reality show he hosted on BET known as "Real Husbands of Hollywood." He also discussed it during a 2015 interview with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.
"That would be a major accomplishment. With what I've done and the progress I've made in my career, that's definitely the next major step, I feel, for a comedian," Hart said at the time.
The previous two shows have been hosted by ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel. But ratings for the telecast have declined over the years including last March's record-low of 26.5 million viewers. The Hollywood Reporter says many people on the Academy's wish list to host such as Oprah, Justin Timberlake, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler all declined before Hart accepted the job. Next year's telecast will be produced by Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, who is known for proposing to his girlfriend during this year's Oscars telecast.
The Academy has promised this year's show won't be as long as telecasts have been in the past. Some of the awards winners will be revealed during the commercial break. It is unknown if The Academy, which in the past has partnered with Facebook on behind the scenes and red carpet shows, will stream these portions live on social media.
You can expect this year's telecast to be even more interactively intimate than ever before. Hart, who boasts 66 million followers on Instagram and 34 million followers on Twitter (as well as 23 million followers on Facebook), is an avid social media user who was one of the first people to use Facebook Live and is often seen giving fans an inside look at his life via Instagram Stories. The comedian also runs his own digital operation known as the LOL Network which consists of a satellite radio station and a YouTube channel.