ABC has announced that Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the 2014 Oscars. The 86th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on March 2, 2014.
Here’s a statement from Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron:
We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars. 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.
Ellen has already had the following jokes to make about her role as host:
I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm.
I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.
We can’t wait to watch!