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Kevin Hart agreed to host the 2019 Academy Awards, ending the frantic search to fill the role literally no actor wants.
The comedian happily took the role several other celebrities have eagerly turned down.
Hart called hosting the Oscars “the opportunity of a lifetime” and a long-term goal “to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage.”
Few hosts from the list accept the stressful position more than twice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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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
The cons manage to outweigh the pros, such as weeks of preparation and the potential media backlash.
Meanwhile, the host is responsible for keeping the ratings high and the entertainment flowing.
Repeat hosts include Johnny Carson, who hosted five times, Billy Crystal, who hosted nine times, and Bob Hope, who hosted a whopping 19 times, back when people actually enjoyed watching the awards ceremony.
Hart and ABC will face some difficulty reeling the audience back in from last year’s La La Land/Moonlight fiasco, which was the cherry on top of the record low 20 percent plunge in ratings from 2016, according to The New York Times.
Even more so, audiences still have a bitter taste in their mouths from the sexual harassment and gender pay inequality incidents plaguing the film industry along with the sparse diversity among the award nominations. However, actors are valiantly taking these issues into their own hands and striving to make the industry a safer, more just, and widely diverse artistic space.
In terms of the ceremony itself, Hart has the strong potential to swoop in and save us all from yawn-inducing jokes, awkward make-out sessions, and whoever let Seth McFarlane sing “We Saw Your Boobs” on live TV.
Kevin Hart, we’re rooting for you!