The face of LGBT America, Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars for a second time. One of America’s most well-known comedians previously served as emcee during the 2007 ceremony.
DeGeneres announced the news Friday morning on Twitter:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 2, 2013
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs confirmed the news moments later:
Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show. We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.
Oscar telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan added:
We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars. As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.
Seth MacFarlane already said back in May that there’s no way he could host the show again – his satirical musical number ‘We Saw Your Boobs’ some saw as offensive to women.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will air live on ABC on March 2nd, 2014.
Check out DeGeneres’ monologue from the 2007 Oscars below.