"I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say - the third time's the charm," she said.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron praised Ellen's "gift for comedy" as they announced her appointment as the host of the live broadcast which will take place on March 2, 2014. "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," they said.
Seth MacFarlane won't host the Oscars for a second time.
Although the Family Guy creator is preparing for his first time as host at Sunday's ceremony, he is already sure that this will be his first and only time in charge as it is such a big commitment: "It's the time commitment, I just don't think I could do it again. It will have been almost six months that I'm working on this. And I'm still going to get savaged in the press."
While he doesn't plan to return, Seth has tipped Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to take over next year and make it a success. "Tina and Amy will do it next year and they'll get rave reviews. But I just don't know that I could do it again. I just can't take that kind of time out of my schedule. I have very little free time," he said.
Seth admitted he was drawn to the job because he knew he could mess it up. "You know if something sounds interesting and challenging and it sounds like something I could [mess] up and do badly, I'm generally interested in making the attempt. They called me and I was like 'Well this is something I could mess up pretty badly,'" he explained.
Seth MacFarlane is aiming to bring more "edge" to this year's Oscars. The funnyman is set to host the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 24 and while he feels he feels it's one of the "hardest" jobs to undertake - especially after gaining a reputation from his successful work, including adult animated comedy Family Guy - Seth acknowledges he won't be able to please the entire "tough" audience of stars.
"I've set myself up for the hardest job in the world because the fans of Family Guy and Ted and the shows and whatnot that I do are expecting one thing. If I deliver that, this crowd will walk out. The whole point of their bringing me on was to give it a little bit more of an edge. You have a room full of people who are at the top of their game - they're successful, they're being honored, they're attractive - and yet this is also the group with the thinnest skin on the planet. So it's a tough group," he told reporters.
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Lincoln leads the Oscar nominations after being named in 12 categories.
Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane unveiled the shortlist for this year's Academy Awards earlier today, and the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic - which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as pioneering President Abraham Lincoln - leads the way, followed closely by Life of Pi, which is up for 11 honors.
Both movies are up for the prestigious Best Picture Oscar, but will face competition from Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Livings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty to take home the statuette.
Lincoln stars Daniel, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones are all up for awards, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, while Spielberg is in the running for Best Director.
Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars. The Family Guy creator has been chosen to present the 85th Academy Awards and bring his fresh brand of comedy to the prestigious ceremony on February 24 next year.
"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars. My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen roast," Seth said in a statement.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron commented, "We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh. He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."
The Ted director has been nominated for 13 Emmys and two Grammys over the course of his career and is best known for comedy cartoon series Family Guy, Cleaveland and American Dad.
Ricky Gervais wouldn't present the Oscars.
The British comic has hosted the Golden Globe awards for the last three years - grabbing many headlines with his outrageous jokes and jibes at the celebrity audience - and though he enjoyed the experience, he won't preside over the ceremony again, nor would he front the even more prestigious Academy Awards as it is a "thankless task."
"Would I present the Globes again? No, I've done it three times now. I enjoyed it more each time but that's it. The Oscars? No, that's a really thankless task. The good thing about the Globes is they let me do what I wanted," he said.
Despite sometimes being the subject of criticism and insults via his Twitter page, Ricky insists he never gets offended by it.
Charlie Sheen will make a surprise appearance at the MTV Movie Awards 2012.
The former Two and a Half Men actor has been lined up for a stint on stage at this weekend's ceremony according to a report. Charlie will introduce a tribute to party films and will announce musical act Wiz Khalifa, who was recently arrested for marijuana possession.
"Even though Charlie has cleaned up his act, he still has a sense of humor about his out-of-control days," a source told E! News.
"It's all going to be a really big party moment," another source said.
Also at the event on Sunday night Kristen Stewart will present a section with her Snow White and the Huntsman co-star Chris Hemsworth. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 co-star Robert Pattinson will not be attending this year. Russell Brand will host the bash.
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