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DeGeneres’ selfie crashes Twitter

/ 01:32 PM March 03, 2014

Kevin Spacey, from left, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Degeneres and Jared Leto join other celebrities for a “selfie” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. AP

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres’ goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over.

During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

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Twitter confirmed Sunday that it had been retweeted more than one million times, breaking a record set by President Barack Obama with the picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012.

Twitter also sent out an apology because all the retweeting disrupted service for more than 20 minutes after 10 p.m. ET.

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