Oscar producer Neil Meron took to Twitter today to break down how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences went about securing Ellen DeGeneres to host the 86th Oscars. It’s the appropriate venue since they used the social network to have DeGeneres announce she would take the gig. The “whirlwind 48 hours” began Wednesday afternoon, Meron writes, when he and fellow producer Craig Zadan pitched the idea to Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who had been elected to the post less than 24 hours earlier. “Cheryl and @TheAcademy loved the idea of @TheEllenShow as #Oscars host and endorsed it“, he wrote. The pair asked DeGeneres on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday “she called & said “I’m in!”, he wrote. Then they decided to break the news on Twitter, which DeGeneres did first thing today.

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