Ellen: ‘It’s official! I’m hosting the Oscars!’

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Ellen DeGeneres will return as host of The Academy Awards on March 2.

Ellen DeGeneres will return as host of The Academy Awards on March 2.

Ellen DeGeneres often jokes around on Twitter, but she’s not kidding now.

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out a release announcing the news from producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

“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,” they said in a statement.

Ellen hosted the show in 2007 and got good reviews. USA TODAY TV critic Robert Bianco wrote: “A general aura of good feeling pervaded the evening, and much of it stemmed from the night’s unfailingly sunny host, Ellen DeGeneres.”

The Academy Awards will be broadcast live on March 2 on ABC.

Courtesy of USA Today

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