Ellen DeGeneres has a global goal for second Oscarcast

By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX  Associated Press   – Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Ellen DeGeneres officially launches the Duracell “Power a Smile” Program on Nov. 22 at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.
  • Gunnery Sergeant Phillip Campo (from left), Staff Sergeant Victor Pozo, Ellen DeGeneres, Sergeant Antonio Sanchez attend the Duracell “Power a Smile” Program on Nov. 22 at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.
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    Gunnery Sergeant Phillip Campo (from left), Staff Sergeant Victor Pozo, Ellen DeGeneres, Sergeant Antonio Sanchez attend the Duracell “Power a Smile” Program on Nov. 22 at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.

  • Ellen DeGeneres (far right) with U.S. Marines and her helpers attend the Duracell “Power a Smile” Program on Nov. 22 at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.
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    Ellen DeGeneres (far right) with U.S. Marines and her helpers attend the Duracell “Power a Smile” Program on Nov. 22 at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres has high aspirations for her second time around hosting the Oscars.

“It reached the world,” the talk show host said of her well-received 2007 Oscarcast. “And I’m trying to get world peace. So, that’s my goal. My hope is by hosting the Academy Awards, right afterward, we have world peace.”

DeGeneres may have been exaggerating but there’s no overstating her enthusiasm for the upcoming March 2 gig.

“I know a lot of those people,” she said of the Oscar audience. “They’re on my show a lot. I love the whole business. ... I get to play with all those people in the audience and make people happy, and, hopefully, relax them.”

DeGeneres made her comments last Friday while attending a Toys for Tots charity event in Los Angeles.