Kevin Hart just landed most comedians’ dream job, well at least it was his.

Kevin announced via an Instagram post that he will be hosting the Oscars next year which is a job he always wanted to have the honor of doing. Kevin Hart has hosted numerous Academy Award shows in the past like the BET Awards in 2011 and MTV Music Video Awards 2012 but next year he will be succeeding Jimmy Kimmel who has been hosting the Oscars for the past two years. As a part of his list of expectations for a host, Kevin proudly added that he ensures to make this award ceremony a special one.

In Kevin’s announcement, he referenced the multiple occasions where he has been asked if he would ever host the Oscars by saying, “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. I will be sure to make this years (sic) Oscars a special one.” He then went on to thank the Academy for the opportunity.

The Academy confirmed the news in a tweet reading, “Welcome to the family, @kevinhart4real.” Jimmy Kimmel also voiced his support for the Academy’s choice in a tweet reading, “Congratulations amigo – @TheAcademy made an excellent choice. You are going to kill it.”

Kevin’s Instagram post can be viewed below.

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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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