"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 has confirmed he will not be hosting next year's Oscars.
The actor-and-comedian hosted this year's 85th Academy Awards and was asked to return in 2014 despite being criticized for his divisive humor making for a controversial show in February. However, the Ted director has taken to his Twitter account and announced he will not be returning to join this year's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for a second year.
"Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix," he wrote.
When news broke last month Seth had been offered the chance to lead next year's ceremony, he was said to be unsure whether to accept - particularly after he dedicated four months in preparation for this year's event.
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.
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.
Watch out, Oscar! Ricky Gervais has offered to host the Academy Awards.
The controversial comedian - who upset Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie when he hosted the Golden Globes earlier this year - has revealed he would be happy to present the Oscars following the departure of Eddie Murphy as the host.
"I'll do it. I'll do that as well. I'll be in town any way for the Globes. I can knock off 20 per cent. A two for one deal! I'll just stay up there."
The British star, however, admits he is not yet been offered the opportunity to present the Golden Globes for the third time on January 15, 2012: "They haven't asked me officially yet, and I don't know whether I'd say yes. It's very tempting. It's tempting because for three hours, I'm the most feared man in Los Angeles, so that's nice. I think NBC wants me to do it, but the Hollywood Foreign Press have got to want me as well. It's their event, it's their party."
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