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Ellen DeGeneres to host 2014 Oscars

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
August 2, 2013 -- Updated 1617 GMT (0017 HKT)
Neil Patrick Harris, seen here hosting the 65th annual Tony Awards, has been tapped to emcee the Academy Awards ceremony in February 2015. Harris says it's a dream come true. Let's see how he stacks up against hosts of Oscars past ... Neil Patrick Harris, seen here hosting the 65th annual Tony Awards, has been tapped to emcee the Academy Awards ceremony in February 2015. Harris says it's a dream come true. Let's see how he stacks up against hosts of Oscars past ...
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Best, worst and weirdest Oscar hosts of all time
Best: Ellen DeGeneres
Weird: Donald Duck
Weird: Paul Hogan
Best: Hugh Jackman
Best: Billy Crystal
Best: Johnny Carson
Best: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin
Best: Bob Hope
Best: Whoopi Goldberg
Honorable mention: Jon Stewart
Worst: David Letterman
Worst: Chris Rock
Worst: Chevy Chase
Worst: Jerry Lewis
Worst: Anne Hathaway and James Franco
Honorable mention: Seth MacFarlane
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Oscars
  • The daytime talk show host follows Seth MacFarlane
  • It's the second time she's hosted the ceremony
  • The Oscars will air on ABC March 2, 2014

(CNN) -- Ellen DeGeneres was so nice as an Oscars host the first time, the Academy has asked her to do it twice.

"It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars!" DeGeneres tweeted Friday. "I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."

We'll get to hear more of her quips when she leads the Oscars ceremony next March.

The producers of last year's show, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, are returning to oversee the upcoming production. The duo said in a statement that they're "thrilled" to have DeGeneres join the team.

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"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," Zadan and Meron said. "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."

DeGeneres previously hosted the 79th Oscars in 2007, and snagged an Emmy nod for her work. The daytime talk show host follows Seth MacFarlane, whose hosting of the 2013 Academy Awards was divisive.

As for what we can expect from her this time around, DeGeneres is trying to adjust expectations.

"I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time," DeGeneres said in the Academy's announcement. "You know what they say -- the third time's the charm."

The Oscars will air live on ABC March 2, 2014.

CNN's Jack Hannah contributed to this report.

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