Ellen DeGeneres To Host Oscars

Talkshow host returns for second Oscar tour

And the next host of the Academy Awards is … Ellen DeGeneres.

It will be DeGeneres’ second tour of duty as Oscar host, having previously emceed the 79th annual Academy Awards in 2007 and earning an Emmy nomination. The popular syndicated talkshow host also fronted the Emmys in 2001 and 2005 (co-hosting them in 2003).

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time,” DeGeneres said, joking that “you know what they say – the third time’s the charm.”

The 86th annual Academy Awards, which will take place March 2, are being exec produced for the second year in a row by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron jointly. “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.”

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Though DeGeneres has had extensive experience in television and some in film as well (perhaps most notably as the voice of Dory in “Finding Nemo”), her prime focus currently is hosting “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – and as such is the first person who is primarily a daytime talk personality ever to host the Oscars. The last host who wasn’t first and foremost an actor was Jon Stewart in 2007.

The news comes three days after Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” said Boone Isaacs. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”

Added Academy CEO Dawn Hudson: “Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience. She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has won 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons. Though DeGeneres’ show airs on NBC owned-and-operated stations, she has a history with Oscar broadcaster ABC, with her landmark sitcom “Ellen” having run there from 1994-98. In 1997, DeGeneres won the Peabody Award and a writing Emmy for the episode in which her character came out as a gay woman, with 46 million viewers watching.

“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said ABC Entertainment Group prexy Paul Lee. “She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”

Over the last eight years, the 2007 Oscars hosted by DeGeneres stands as the top rated in both adults 18-49 (14.1 rating/33 share) and women 25-54 (19.2/40).

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  1. Dave says:

    Just as a heads-up to anyone else a bit confused by all the vitriol below, Drudge linked to this – hence the hateful trolls & troglodytes.

    Excited that Ellen gets another turn, should be a great show.

    • Michael says:

      Learn to love, Snipe. Be tolerant of others. State opinions and facts without sterotypical assumptions as to the beliefs and motives of others. (which could be self-projection) Your opinions may then command the respect you are currently denying others. BTW, your self-esteem and happiness will increase!

    • Dave says:

      That’s an awful lot of adjectives and not a whole lot of content. Also hope you realize that I’ll take the term ‘liberal’ as a compliment rather than an insult.

      The good news is that people with a hateful approach to the world tend to live less healthy lives than those who tend to see the good in others. Nice to know demography and science are on our side. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/019188699290009E

      • Reverend Ken says:

        As the president of the Prince George chapter of the Hells Angels said “The liberals are to crooked and corrupt even for us.”

  2. Richard says:

    If it was Ricky Gervais I would watch. Anybody else is just another gladhander for the industry and tows the industry line. Gervais was brilliant MCing the Golden Globes.

  3. missmsry98 says:

    I really like her. And for the record, I also liked her sit-com.

  4. The Kingslayer says:

    They should have went with Jimmy Kimmel.

  5. Shroudwoman says:

    When will they ask Stephen Colbert? THAT ‘s the show I want to see…..

  6. Bill M says:

    Was Joe Piscapo not available?

  7. John says:

    And so for the 43rd consecutive year of my life I will not watch the Oscars. It has nothing to do with Ellen in particular. It is just garbage makers celebrating garbage. They could have Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich hosting in transparent latex and I wouldn’t watch…….maybe

  8. Falsk Konto says:

    The Oscars are just a bunch of narcissistic crap anyway… Movies have been going downhill for years, the best new IP is being produced on the cable networks.

    • JuggaloVisionQuest says:

      Ironic that the man with the V for Vendetta icon goes on a tear about there being nothing but sequels and adaptations being produced… But I’m sure you were really into the comic before it was a movie there slugger.

  9. Sally MJ says:

    I love Ellen. She is an amazing low-key comedian (not over the top like the manic Jim Carreys and the Robin Williamses of the world) who is drop down hilarious. Kind of similar to Billy Crystal, who is arguably the best Academy Award host to date.

  10. Sally MJ says:

    I love Ellen. She is an amazing low-key comedian (not over the top like the manic Jim Carreys and the Robin Williamses of the world) who is drop down hilarious.

  11. Won’t matter, the ratings will still stink. They might as well get Max Headroom to host the Oscars. That might be interesting and they’d save money to boot.

  12. scouty1 says:

    She’s nice, grow up.

  13. Rob says:

    You can always tell when Drudge Report links to an article because the comments fill up with a bunch of right wing trolls.

    • Dave says:

      I actually really appreciate you making that point. I was trying to figure out why so many people with so much irrational hate inside them were reading Variety. The Drudge Effect really is awesome to behold. I’m sure his mother is proud.

      And of course, congrats Ellen! Great choice and look forward to tuning in. Here’s hoping they write at least one dance number for her.

  14. cadavra says:

    Here’s what I want to know: If you all despise gay people and show biz so much, why are you spending your time reading “Variety,” much less writing hateful comments? Crawl back under your rocks; nobody cares.

    • Reverend Ken says:

      Just letting you sick minded liberano’s know there are far more of us then there is of you.
      We are sick of the indoctrination and are just starting to point it out.

      ……..as the pendulum swing far far to the right. Get used to it.

  15. Ralph Gizzip says:

    Why are they even bothering to have the awards? The movies Hollywood put out this year didn’t win the last time they were released. What makes people think they’ll win in 2013? Even the show’s host is a sequel.

    C’mon Hollywood, where’s the creativity Tinseltown used to be known for?

  16. Tony Copelin says:

    Unless you are Billy Crystal,this is probably the best choice around. Ellen is funny,has great timing and really knows how to move a show along. I wish they would pair Anna Hathaway with Hugh Jackman. I think they would be great hosts togather

  17. Peachy Rich says:

    I’m guessing most of the commenters on this story don’t get invited to many cocktail parties.

  18. Ken Watkins says:

    I won’t be watching it. I got rid of my TV – thank God!

  19. Brian Astby says:

    I just call them professional liars.

  20. J says:

    So many morons writing. Great choice; Ellen is wildly entertaining. It’s a shame some people are so short sided and angry with themselves that they spew such vile hatred at others. Go back to your cellars, and your inbred in laws, crazy sheep.

  21. Arthur says:

    It’s amazing all these haters going out of their way to be negative. How sad. Good Luck Ellen, I hope the telecast is fun.

  22. SteveC73 says:

    She’s just not funny nor is she attractive. Pass.

  23. Endoxa52 says:

    Have not watched Oscar since Carson hosted.

  24. Pouncekitty says:

    It’s nice to know this early that I can plan something else for that night. Great news!

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