Ellen DeGeneres has global ‘goal’ for next year’s Oscar telecast

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Ellen DeGeneres

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres has high aspirations for her second time around hosting the Oscars.

“It reached the world,” the talk show host said of her well-received 2007 Oscarcast. “And I’m trying to get world peace. So, that’s my goal. My hope is by hosting the Academy Awards, right afterward, we have world peace.”

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DeGeneres may have been exaggerating but there’s no overstating her enthusiasm for the upcoming March 2 gig.

“I know a lot of those people,” she said of the Oscar audience. “They’re on my show a lot. I love the whole business. … I get to play with all those people in the audience and make people happy, and, hopefully, relax them.”

DeGeneres made her comments Friday while attending a Toys for Tots charity event in Los Angeles.

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