ELLEN TO HOST 2014 OS­CARS

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ELLEN DeGeneres will host the 2014 Acad­emy Awards.

The talk show host — who first pre­sented the awards in 2007, earn­ing her­self an Emmy nom­i­na­tion — will take over from 2013 host Seth Mac­Far­lane.

DeGeneres said: “I am so ex­cited to be host­ing the Os­cars for the sec­ond time. You know what they say — the third time’s the charm.”

Pro­duc­ers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron praised DeGeneres’s “gift for com­edy” as they an­nounced her ap­point­ment. The show is on March 2, 2014.

They said: “We are thrilled … There are few stars to­day who have Ellen’s gift for com­edy, her great warmth and hu­man­ity. She is beloved every­where and we ex­pect that the au­di­ence around the globe, will be as ex­cited by this news as we are.” — Bang Show­biz.

PHOTO: KEVIN SAWYER

Pic­tured at the launch of the Good Food and Wine Show, held at the Elan­geni and Ma­ha­rani in Dur­ban, were celebrity chefs (from left) Vivek Singh, Benny Masek­wa­meng, Melissa Mor­gan (aka Miss Cup­cake) and An­jali Pathak. The Good Food and Wine Show runs...

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