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Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars 2014

Ellen DeGeneres is returning as the host of the Oscars in 2014.

The talk show host and comedienne, who hosted the ceremony in 2006, will preside over the 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014.

Ellen quipped: "I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say - the third time's the charm."

She also joked on Twitter: "It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars! I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."

Seth MacFarlane hosted the ceremony last year and has said he is too busy to return.

The Family Guy creator earned mixed reviews for his first outing as Oscars host in February, with accusations that some of his material was sexist.

Billy Crystal returned to host the Hollywood film awards for the ninth time in 2011 while in 2010 James Franco and Anne Hathaway's musical take on the ceremony proved a flop.

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