The producers of the Academy Awards announced Friday that Ellen DeGeneres would return next year to host the annual Oscar ceremony which attracts millions of watchers every year.
“It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars!” the daytime talk show host, 55, confirmed via Twitter on Friday. “I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.”
The ceremony’s telecast producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, set off some backlash last year after offering the honour to host the show to Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the “Family Guy” animated show, and the comedian was seriously chriticized for his rude and sometimes even crude humor.
However, despite numerous negative rewies, ratings appeared to be quite high, especially among the younger viewers the Oscar telecast had been losing.
The Oscar ceremony telecast producers admitted that the chosen for the next year’s show comedian is a perfect choice as “there are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity”.
Zadan and Meron added: “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.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.”
Cheryl Boone Isaacs who has been recently elected to be president of the Academy said she “agreed immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” adding, “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”
Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO agreed with the colleagues, saying: “Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience. She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”
By the way, this isn’t DeGeneres’s first time to host the Hollywood’s biggest night — she also was chosen to do this great job in 2007.
“Her hosting style was in line with her typical chatty charm, though she did work in some zingers for the famous faces in the room,” writes Yahoo! News.
She also delivered a classic one-liner when she quipped: ”Let’s be honest. It’s not that we don’t have time for long speeches. We don’t have time for boring speeches.”
In typical fashion, the starreleased a jokey response to the honor: “I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say — the third time’s the charm.”
ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said, “It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year. She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”
The Oscar show will be telecast live at 8 p.m. March 2, 2014, on ABC, The New York Times reminds.