Here's what producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had to say in a statement.
Ellen DeGeneres also released her own statement
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs had this to say in her statement.
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson also released her own statement.
ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee had this to say in his statement.
DeGeneres hosted the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program."
DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.
DeGeneres began her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on These Friends of Mine by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed Ellen. Running from 1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed Puppy Episode when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.
DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. DeGeneres scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the blockbuster Pixar animated feature Finding Nemo. DeGeneres recently announced the highly anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo, Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory, currently scheduled to be released in November 2015.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
The Academy Awards episode 62.1, "The 86th Annual Academy Awards" stars Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Emma Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Bell, Amy Adams.