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Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars

  • FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file photo, TV host Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the season 4 premiere of "Arrested Development" in Los Angeles. Producers announced Friday, Aug. 2, that DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars on March 2, 2014. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, File)

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.

"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.


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