Philadelphia's Kevin Hart To Host Oscars

Kevin Hart will host the 2019 Academy Awards. The North Philly native took to Instagram to confirm the news.

Hart joins a celebrated list of hosts for the Oscars such as Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal and Bob Hope. "To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable," Hart wrote in his Instagram post

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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

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