Next Oscar Host: Ellen DeGeneres
She'll be back for a second time
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2013 10:48 AM CDT
A 2010 file photo of Ellen DeGeneres.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

(Newser) – Seth MacFarlane won't be back at the Oscars next year for an encore: Instead, Ellen DeGeneres is returning as host for a second time, reports the Huffington Post. DeGeneres herself confirmed via jokey tweet: "It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars! I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra." DeGeneres hosted previously in 2007 and earned an Emmy nod in the process, notes the Academy's news release via the Hollywood Reporter. The show airs on March 2. (IndieWire is already getting a jump on predictions.)