ELLEN DEGENERES BACKS OUT OF HOSTING THE OSCARS

DeGeneres, left , with spouse de Rossi
DeGeneres, left , with spouse de Rossi

Hollywood, California – Ellen DeGeneres will not host this year’s Oscars after all. The famous lesbian comedienne backed out of her hosting duties in protest of what she called “insensitivity and unfairness” on the part of the Oscar producers.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is scrambling to find a replacement in time for the scheduled show on March 2.

The irreconcilable disagreement with the Academy sprang from a personal request from DeGeneres that she include in her opening monologue an actual marriage ceremony between her and her spouse Portia de Rossi. Although they are already married, DeGeneres wanted to make a public statement in support of same-sex marriage in the country. So far, only 17 of the 50 states have legalized same-sex marriage.

“Hey, if Queen Latifah can officiate  marriages during the Grammies, why can’t I marry Portia again in front of millions of television viewers,” DeGeneres told reporters.

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For its part the Academy said that it was afraid viewers might tuneout of the Oscars if it granted DeGeneres’ request, especially in the states still opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage. DeGeneres’ response? “Who cares? Nobody lives in those states!”

5 thoughts on “ELLEN DEGENERES BACKS OUT OF HOSTING THE OSCARS”

  1. Good for her, for standing on her principles. She made a ton of compromises to producers in her sitcom days, before she came out. The Academy isn’t exactly known for being forward thinking though. They have the right to object, she has the right to walk, and now they’ll have to either get some acquiescent toady, or change their minds.

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