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"It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars!" DeGeneres wrote. "I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."
The Emmy-winning syndicated talk show host of “
Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron trumpeted their longstanding ties to the popular comedian in a statement Friday.
"We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars," Meron and Zadan said. "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 the audience at the Dolby Theater, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are."
The announcement ended months of speculation about who would emcee the broadcast for outstanding film achievements, which is seen in over 200 countries and is set to take place March 2.
Last year’s host,
While MacFarlane garnered in bigger ratings over the previous year, with 40.3 million people tuning in to the broadcast (a 2% uptick), DeGeneres’ selection for 2014 marks a return to a kinder, gentler Oscars hosting style, more in line with the broad-based appeal of its 2011 host
On Friday, Meron tweeted: "welcome back to the oscar stage, ellen...we can't wait to start working with you!"