Kevin Hart to Host 2019 Oscars

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The Oscars represent the biggest hosting gig on USA television, with millions watching around the world.

The "Jumanji" and stand-up comedy star announced Tuesday that he will host the 91st Academy Awards in February, joining a lineup of iconic comedians to have filled that role, including Chris Rock, Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson and Bob Hope.

"I will be sure to make sure this years Oscars are a special one", Hart wrote. Shared on Instagram, the comic told his fans and followers that hosting the Awards ceremony was a goal on his list for a very long time.

The announcement came hours after trade publication The Hollywood Reporter posted a story calling the Oscars host position "the least wanted job in Hollywood". To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced the stage is unbelievable.

He said that he knows his mother 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 appreciate The Academy for the opportunity.

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Just prior to Hart's major reveal, several outlets reported that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was in talks with the Night School to emcee the star-studded ceremony.

"Welcome to the family", it added.

Kimmel was the MC when the best picture gong was wrongly handed to La La Land over Moonlight, though was not responsible for that mistake.

It's the most high pressure gig in Hollywood, but one of America's best comedians has been announced as next year's Academy Awards MC.

Those include shortening the broadcast to three hours and also presenting certain categories during commercial breaks and broadcasting excerpts of those winners' speeches later in the show.

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