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Ellen gets her second OscarsĀ® gig

22 January 2014

Ellen-Degeneres-Oscars-DIStand-up comic and TV chatshow host Ellen Degeneres is to host the Oscars ceremony for a second time.

She was the first openly gay or lesbian person to have hosted the event when she compered the 79th Academy Awards in 2006, which was watched by an audience of almost 40m.

"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," she told the audience on the night.

"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 will be seen as a safe pair of hands a year after a risque performance by Seth McFarlane who faced criticism for some of his racier comments.

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

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said she was the perfect choice as "there are few stars today who have Ellen's gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity".

Check out the Oscar trailer below: