Kevin Hart is reaching yet another career milestone. The comedian confirmed Tuesday that he’s been tapped to host the 2019 Academy Awards, following Jimmy Kimmel who did the honors for two years straight.
In an Instagram caption for a photo that displayed a single gold statuette he wrote, “For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said 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,” Hart announced.
In the lengthy caption, Hart shared how honored he was to be joining the list of prestigious performers who have hosted the occasion in the past.
“I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time,” he continued. “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.”
He ended by highlighting the work ethic that has turned him into a household name, quickly turning the focus to the task behind the excitement.
“I appreciate @theacademy for the opportunity…now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars,” he said.
Hart becomes the fifth Black performer to host the Oscars, joining Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Pryor and Diana Ross.