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Ellen DeGeneres tapped to host Oscars for second time

Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen DeGeneres is returning in 2014 to host the Oscars, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Friday.

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

She tweeted shortly after the announcement:



DeGeneres, who hosts the syndicated talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," hosted the 79th Academy Awards for the first time in 2007, and was not just a rare solo female doing so, but the first openly gay or lesbian person to have hosted the event. 

During the show, she said, "What a wonderful night, such diversity in the room, in a year when there's been so many negative things said about people's race, religion, and sexual orientation. And I want to put this out there: If there weren't blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscars, or anyone named Oscar, when you think about that."

DeGeneres was nominated for an Emmy Award for that hosting job.

"We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars," the producers 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.

The ceremony, will be broadcast live on March 2, 2014 on ABC.