Whether you loved or loathed Seth MacFarlane's boisterous “We Saw Your Boobs,” there won't be any room for his hilarity on the Oscars stage next year. Make way Mr. Mac—comedy queen Ellen DeGeneres is ascending to Academy Awards glory for a second time.
“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,” show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said of the host in a joint statement. “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.”
DeGeneres last served as the Academy's host in 2007, the same year her eponymous talk show earned an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.” With Tina Fey opting out of the major moment, we couldn't think of a more appropriate addition.
“This really has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl,” she shared during her first stint at the Dolby. “I have always wanted to host the Academy Awards, and so, this is a dream come true.” Seven seasons and 45 Emmys later, DeGeneres’ daytime swagger has segued into a new opportunity to bring a little flair—and maybe another Bjork spoof—to the 2014 fête.
“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time,” she shared. “You know what they say—the third time's the charm.” Looks like she's already aiming to join the ranks of Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Bob Hope, elite personalities who have emceed the show three or more times. “I'd like to thank The Academy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra,” DeGeneres added on Twitter.
Tune in to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014 as DeGeneres’ run entertains 225 countries and territories worldwide.