Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has been pegged to host the Academy Awards next winter, according to an announcement she issued herself on Twitter Friday morning just before it was officially announced.
DeGeneres, 55, hosted the Oscars once before — in 2007. Next year’s Oscars are scheduled for Sunday, March 2, and, as always, they’ll be seen on ABC.
“It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra,” Ellen tweeted at about 11 a.m. eastern time on Friday.
A short time later, the official announcement turned up on the Academy Awards’ own Web site. A few minutes later, ABC made it official with its own version of the press release issued by AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences).
“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm,” Ellen said in a prepared statement in the AMPAS and ABC press releases.
“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Oscar telecast 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. 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 Theater, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”