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Kevin Hart to host 2019 Oscars

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will host the next in February in 2019.

The "Ride Along" shared the news through an post on Tuesday, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

"I will be sure to make this years a special one," said the comedian, adding: "Now it's time to rise to the occasion."

is emceeing the event for the first time.

First-time producers and will oversee the show, with Gigliotti serving as and Weiss on hand as co-and director.

was happy to pass on the baton to

"Congratulations amigo. The Academy made an excellent choice. You are going to kill it," Kimmel tweeted.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had held talks with the about hosting the February ceremony.

"I appreciate The Academy for the opportunity," wrote in his post.

"For years I have been asked if I would ever host and my answer was always the same...I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a and that it will happen when it's suppose to."

The last two shows were hosted by Kimmel and produced by and But each year ratings declined, with a record-low 26.5 million viewers tuning in for last March's broadcast, which adds to the pressure the new team will face.

2019 will be held on February 24, and will be aired in on Star World.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 13:04 IST
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