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Ellen DeGeneres Returns to Host the Oscars (CLIP)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 2, 2013 at 11:22AM

Women are running the Academy right now, from CEO Dawn Hudson to newly elected Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, AMPAS' first African-American president. And TV icon Ellen DeGeneres will host the Oscars a second time, returning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced this morning on Twitter.
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Ellen DeGeneres's portrait for "The Out List," by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
HBO.com Ellen DeGeneres's portrait for "The Out List," by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Women are running the Academy right now, from CEO Dawn Hudson to newly elected Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, AMPAS' first African-American president. And TV icon Ellen DeGeneres will host the Oscars a second time, she and returning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced this morning on Twitter.

Boone Isaacs wasted no time beginning her presidency with some bold and smart moves, first announcing a Casting Directors Branch, and now DeGeneres as host of the Academy Awards, which will air live on March 2 on ABC. (The producers had ramped up this choice for her approval.) She stated, "I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year's show. We're looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show."

Oscar tweet

Zadan and Meron delivered the goods for last year's music-themed Oscars, with high ratings (even if snarky host Seth MacFarlane was far from universally loved). They also got the chance to see what a winning combination Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were just a month earlier, hosting the Golden Globes. DeGeneres has similar appeal -- a funnywoman and Hollywood insider with a high-profile TV background.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys in its ten-season run. Prior to her talk show, DeGeneres starred on "Ellen," which ran from 1994 to 1998, and garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season. In 1997, DeGeneres won the Peabody Award as well as the Emmy, for the landmark "Puppy Episode," in which she came out as gay to 46 million viewers.

She hosted the Oscars in 2007 -- watch a clip below.

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