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Ellen DeGeneres to host 2014 Oscars

Friday, August 2, 2013

NEW YORK — Comic and daytime television host Ellen DeGeneres was picked to host the Academy Awards for the second time.

Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced DeGeneres’ selection Friday. The movie awards show will air on ABC on March 2.

Ellen DeGeneres

“There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity,” the producers said in a statement. “She is beloved everywhere.

DeGeneres quipped, “I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm.”

Last year’s host, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, drew mixed reviews for an edgy performance that included a song-and-dance number, “We Saw Your Boobs,” about actresses who had gone topless on screen. He had already taken himself out of the running for a return engagement next year.

Academy Awards organizers had hoped to attract a younger audience with MacFarlane, and the ratings showed they succeeded.

With DeGeneres, they went for a star that Hollywood and television viewers were familiar and comfortable with.

About her first hosting role in 2007, television critic Frazier Moore of The Associated Press wrote that “like her, the evening was easygoing, comfortable and relatively unsurprising.”

DeGeneres was nominated for an Emmy Award for her last gig. Her daytime talk show has won 45 Daytime Emmys during a decade on the air.

The Oscars, with 40.3 million viewers this year, is very often the year’s most-watched television event after the Super Bowl.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. Who better !

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 5:36pm
  2. And they should keep it that way!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:06pm
  3. Excellent choice!

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:09pm
  4. Guess I should watch the Oscars this year.

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:10pm
  5. yessssssssss

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:17pm
  6. Excellent!

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:39pm
  7. …great…I love Ellen…

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:42pm
  8. <3 ellen

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:17pm
  9. ***Prepares for WBC to do something retarded***

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:09pm
  10. YAY

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:22pm
  11. Perfect!!

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:33pm
  12. Sexy.

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:46pm
  13. Great choice!

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:25pm
  14. love Ellen

    Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:52pm
  15. go ellen!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:05am
  16. Awesome can´t wait to see it… love her…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2:52am
  17. Yes!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 3:35am
  18. Excellent choice!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 3:56am
  19. Excellent choice!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 3:56am
  20. Excellent choice!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 3:56am
  21. Excellent choice!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 3:56am
  22. I may actually watch it now…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:58am
  23. love her

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 12:58pm
  24. yay!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:25pm
  25. LOVE IT

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 9:05pm
  26. BEST OSCARS EVER <3

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 12:55am