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Ellen DeGeneres

To Host Oscars

9/7/2006 7:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ellen DeGeneres to host the OscarsEllen DeGeneres is getting called up to the big leagues.

The popular daytime talk show host will host the 79th Annual Academy Awards, it was announced today. DeGeneres has previously hosted the Grammys twice and the Emmys twice.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Talk Show Host will follow in the footsteps of Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg -- the last five Oscar hosts.

The 2007 Academy Awards will be presented on February 25, 2007 from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and broadcast on ABC.

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