By Chris Lee
11:35 AM EDT, August 2, 2013
Ellen DeGeneres will host the 85th annual Academy Awards. The popular TV talk show host announced she’s returning to the gig via her Twitter page Friday morning.
“It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars!” DeGeneres wrote. “I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.”
The syndicated host of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” previously hosted the ceremony in 2007.
“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars," said the broadcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement Friday. “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 the audience at the Dolby Theater, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”
More to come as the story develops.
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