It's Official: Billy Crystal Returning as Oscar Host

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Billy Crystal to the rescue!

The nine-time Oscar host has agreed to replace Eddie Murphy as emcee of the next Academy Awards ceremony.

“Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage,” said Crystal in a statement. “I am thrilled to be back there. Actually, I am doing this so that the young woman in my pharmacy will stop asking me my name when I pick up my prescriptions.”

Don Mischer, who is producing the 84th Academy Awards with Brian Grazer, said in a statement, “With Billy, we’re moving forward with one of the greatest hosts in Oscar history. His return … is, in a sense, a celebration.”

News of Crystal’s Oscar comeback comes a day after Murphy dropped out in the wake ofF-bomb dropper Brett Ratner’s resignation as the telecast’s producer. Grazer and Mischer will now oversee the ceremony, which will air Feb. 26 on ABC.

Thoughts?



Comments (34)

  • That’s not The Muppets!

    Comment by S – November 10, 2011 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No surprise from a group that’s too stuffy to realize that just putting up a couple of 20-something year old actors as hosts for the spectacle will not just automatically make 20-something year olds want to watch a long, drawn out boring telecast congratulating themselves on movies that typically do not interest 20-something year olds.

      Comment by Brent – November 10, 2011 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES!!!
    Welcome back Billy!

    Comment by Gitte – November 10, 2011 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It should be good. The Muppest hosting would be a joke.

    Comment by Alexandra – November 10, 2011 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boo! The Academy claims that they want to make the show more relevant to a younger crowd and so they hire a 63 y/o man? Oh wait! Makes total sense!

    Comment by Brent – November 10, 2011 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cause younger crowds are drawn to watching people who qualify for AARP and a senior discount at KFC. Smart.

      Comment by Brent – November 10, 2011 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They tried to make the Oscar show relevant to a younger crowd last year and it turned out to be one of the most boring shows ever.

      Comment by maggie – November 10, 2011 09:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this song-and-dance man. He’s been missing from our stage and screen for so long. What about Ellen?

    Comment by Valerie – November 10, 2011 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The question mark in the title is counteracting the “It’s Official” part. Is this real or not?

    Comment by Sarah – November 10, 2011 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why didn’t they just ask him in the first place??

    Comment by Katie – November 10, 2011 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please, anybody but Billy Crystal!

    Comment by Jon – November 10, 2011 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope the upcoming Oscars will definitely bounce back from last year thanks to Billy Crystal. He’s deserve to be back as host but I don’t remember when was the last time we saw host the big awards ceremony.

    Comment by kevin – November 10, 2011 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Last time Billy Crystal hosted was in 2004.
      The year Lord of the Rings won their 11 Oscars.

      Comment by Gitte – November 10, 2011 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cool……

    Comment by Mark D – November 10, 2011 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You don’t have class if any of the movies brought to the Oscars don’t interest you.

    Comment by johnnyt – November 10, 2011 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No disrespect to Billy Crystal but me thinks they are looking back to past glories. It makes the most sense to have a comedian or humorist but does it need to be an American or Canadian. Why don’t they go for the best option be it Australian, British etc.

    If they cannot draw a well known name for such a prestigious event then that says more about the Oscars as a concept of entertainment rather than the substance of awards.

    Maybe I’m wrong

    Comment by Darren – November 10, 2011 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Crystal hasn’t been relevant for 15 years. This is going to be a disaster.

    Comment by Joe – November 10, 2011 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is not Neil Patrick Harris. Sad now

    Comment by Louise – November 10, 2011 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 25 million viewers and a 1.3 rating

    Comment by Matt – November 10, 2011 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lol @matt

    Comment by Jane – November 10, 2011 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If 2012 happens to be the end of the world then it’s fitting that Crystal hosts the last Oscars ever

    Comment by Billy – November 10, 2011 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like billy but I’m still disappointed that its not Eddie. I was looking forward to his resurgence into the adult world again after his long stay in kiddie land. Seriously how does one go from “Raw” to “Daddy day care”? Come back Eddie!

    Comment by Tim – November 10, 2011 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boo!!! MUPPETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by carrie – November 10, 2011 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Crystal, but I think they need to some kind of combination of Steve Carell, John Stewart, and Stephen Colbert.

    Comment by Christian – November 10, 2011 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was hoping for NPH or Jimmy Fallon.

    Comment by Mikaylah – November 10, 2011 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a replacement- not too bad! He’s proven himself before, and He can be great!

    Comment by nodk – November 10, 2011 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It is a shame that they feel they even need a host. More and more the award shows are going host-less and guess what? They are coming in under time. The Oscars should take note from the Globes who went with out a host last year.

    Comment by scorpo – November 10, 2011 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is everyone griping about Billy hosting? The 20-something’s that plan on watching the Oscars don’t care if it “relates” to them. I can tell you, as a 20-something, I would have preferred Billy Crystal host last year AND this year. The Academy Awards is supposed to be a very classy event that recognizes and awards the *best* in the business, not worrying about demographics. I thought that not only having 2 hosts was a terrible idea, having Franco and Hathaway co-host was probably the worst move the academy could have made. And I’m a fan of both of them. Billy Crystal is genuinely funny and can relate to everyone. As a 24 year old female, I think he is a brilliant choice to host… again… For the 10th time. Clearly something seems to work.

    Comment by Bethany – November 10, 2011 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree with you.. Last year it was a disaster.. a clear step down from baldwin and martin…

      Comment by Akshay – November 10, 2011 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, if Billy Crystal wasn’t a good host the first 9 times, he wouldn’t have been asked to come back for the 10th time. He has always done a great job and of course he keeps us laughing. =) ROCK ON, BC! Sucks about Eddie Murphy though..he’d have been fun, too.

    Comment by Ashley R. – November 10, 2011 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s great to have Billy back to show them how it should be done. After the disaster last year they really needed to have someone who knows what they’re doing.

    Comment by maggie – November 10, 2011 09:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I don’t know the guy. But it sucks that they cannot bring back Hugh Jackman or invite Neil Patrich Harris to host. Those two would have been great. Hugh was the best Oscar host to date.

    Comment by Girish – November 11, 2011 12:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Billy is probably the best Oscar host ever. Yes!

    Comment by kirads09 – November 11, 2011 04:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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