The producers of the Oscars ceremony announced today that Ellen DeGeneres would return to host the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014."The Ellen DeGeneres Show" joker anchored the awards show back in 2007 and was well received, even landing an Emmy nomination for her efforts. "There are few stars today who have Ellen's gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity," Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, said in a statement. "She is beloved everywhere.” DeGeneres, 55, confirmed the news herself by tweeting (in true comedic form):
While the Academy has had a few women step into the hosting gig before — like Jane Fonda, Liza Minelli, Goldie Hawn and, most recently in 2011, Anne Hathaway — they all co-hosted with leading men by their side. (In Hathaway's case, she infamously shared the stage with an aloof James Franco.) Up until DeGeneres got the gig in 2007, Whoopi Goldberg had been the only female to go it alone, hosting a whopping four times — in 1994, 1996, 1999, and 2002.
DeGeneres may only be joining the two-timers club in the Oscars hall of fame, but the talk show host has plenty of experience in the emcee role. In 2001 she tackled the Primetime Emmy Awards, which were moved to a later date because of the September 11th terrorist attacks. She also hosted the 2005 Emmys three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, and served as host of the Grammy Awards for two consecutive years in 1996 and 1997.