DeGeneres returns to Eye web as kudocast emcee

Ellen DeGeneres is back as host of the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, marking her third round as emcee of TV’s big night.

Gig also reps the comedian’s return to CBS (which airs this year’s kudofest on Sept. 18), where she starred in short-lived laffer “The Ellen Show,” fronted two Grammy Awards shows and hosted the Emmycast the last time the Eye carried it, in 2001.

DeGeneres won accolades that year for helping bring needed levity to the show, which was postponed twice in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. When the show finally did go on, DeGeneres brought down the house by famously joking, “What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?”

More recently, she’s found new popularity with her talk strip “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which earned her the Daytime Emmy this year for talkshow host.

CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences CEO Dick Askin announced DeGeneres’ hiring Friday. Askin called DeGeneres “the perfect complement” to some of the “creative, exciting and entertaining” elements planned for this year’s show.

“Ellen has demonstrated her extraordinary ability to connect with the television audience,” Askin said.

In conjunction with the Emmys, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will go live for the first time the following day, Sept. 19, with a recap of the show and behind-the-scenes footage from the telecast.

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