Billy Crystal: Oscar Host Returns

by S. Montgomery

Billy CrystalBilly Crystal will be replacing Eddie Murphy as Oscar host, who quite the show after Oscarcast co-producer Brett Ratner officially resigned from his post. There has been no official confirmation from the Academy as of yet. Crystal tweeted the following a little while ago: “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.”

Crystal was wildly cheered when he showed up as a “surprise” presenter at this year's Academy Awards ceremony hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Having hosted the ceremony several times before in the past, he's also a known quantity. Whether he'll lure millions of new viewers to the Oscarcast is something else altogether.

In addition to Franco and Hathaway, previous Oscar show hosts include Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, David Letterman, and Hugh Jackman.

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