Kevin Hart has been announced as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards.
The comedian revealed the news via a lengthy Instagram post, in which he said that he has turned down the role in the past, promising “it will happen when it’s suppose to”.
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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
“I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars,” he continued. “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 [sic] that have graced that stage is unbelievable
“I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear tight 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.”
Fans had mixed reactions, with some disappointed at the Academy’s choice.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Oscars will be hosted by Kevin Hart!!,
— Kayla @ Romancing Jeritza (@fodlans_locket) December 5, 2018
Check out the Oscar viewership trend dwindling downwards over the last 5 years. Kevin Hart, hmm. Maybe they're on a budget? He is not funny… But, streaming has got to be killing the movie industry. Netflix series and night in vs a night out at the theatre…..Netflix every time pic.twitter.com/VnZ1b1SdXU
— nick at the AVE (@nickattheave) December 5, 2018
Hart’s Oscars will be the first after controversial new plans to shake up the ceremony.
Changes include a new category “being designed around achievement in popular film” and “a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast”. In an attempt to condense the show, some lower-profile categories will be presented during ad breaks. Edited versions of these winning moments will air later in the show.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the 2018 Academy Awards were the least-watched in history. Viewing figures are said to have dropped 19 percent from 2017, with an average of 26.5 million tuning in. Last year saw an average of 32.9 million viewers.