It's Official: Billy Crystal Returning as Oscar Host

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.

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