Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th Academy Awards next year.

The daytime television presenter has been lined up to front the Oscars for her second time.

The star shared the news on Twitter and thanked those who trusted in her to pull off another great gig.

“It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars!” she wrote. “I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.”

Ellen additionally spoke about her new job via an official statement.

She was reportedly chosen after last year’s host, Seth MacFarlane, turned down the opportunity due to being busy with other projects.

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm,” she joked in a press release.

Her appearance will air March 2 next year and will hopefully go down better than the Family Guy creator’s turn this year which was heavily criticized.

Ellen first took on the hefty challenge in 2007. She follows in the footsteps of other legendary Academy Award presenters which include Billy Crystal, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will executive produce the ceremony once more.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” they jointly announced. “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 Theater, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

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