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DeGeneres to Host 79th Academy Awards

DeGeneres to Host 79th Academy Awards

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres has been named host of the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, which will be held Sunday, February 25, 2007 producer Laura Ziskin announced Thursday. It will be DeGeneres’ first time as Oscar host, as well as her first appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. “Ellen DeGeneres was born to host the Academy Awards,” said Ziskin in a statement. “There is no more challenging hosting job in show business. It requires someone who can keep the show alive and fresh and moving, as well as someone who is a flat-out great entertainer. Ellen completely fits the bill. I can already tell she is going to set the bar very high for herself and therefore for all of us involved in putting on the show. Now all we need is a lot of great movies.” DeGeneres is the host of the syndicated talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which this year won its third Emmy for ‘outstanding talk show.’ [Brian Brooks]

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