Kevin Hart has confirmed his latest big-time role: Oscar host for the awards show on Feb. 24.
The “Central Intelligence” star wrote on Instagram Monday that he will emcee the 91st Academy Awards.
“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 wrote. “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.”
Hart promised to make the show “a special one,” adding, “Now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences retweeted Hart’s post adding, “Welcome to the family, @kevinhart4real! #Oscars.”
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) December 5, 2018
The last two Oscar shows were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Continuing a recent trend, ratings for the 3 hour and 50 minute telecast dropped to a record low of 26.5 million viewers, down a big 20% from 2017’s 33 million. The previous record low of 32 million was set in 2008, with Jon Stewart as host, just after an 11-week Hollywood writers’ strike that crippled other awards shows.
Hart has actively worked to be host for film’s biggest night. In a 2015 “Live with Kelly and Michael” appearance he told guest host Erin Andrews that he was beginning a “campaign” to get the job.