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Comedian Kevin Hart announced that he’s officially set to host the 91st Academy Awards ceremony.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held talks with Hart about hosting the event. The actor is emceeing for the first time and succeeds Jimmy Kimmel, who has hosted the last two Academy Awards.

“I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one,” the comedian wrote Tuesday in an Instagram post, adding, “now it’s time to rise to the occasion.”

“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,” he 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….To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced that stage is unbelievable.”

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