Billy Crystal - Billy Crystal To Host The Oscars

Billy Crystal has been confirmed as the new host of the 2012 Oscars following Eddie Murphy's decision to step down.
The When Harry Met Sally star, who has hosted the Oscars eight times, emerged as the popular choice to replace Murphy hours after the Dreamgirls star announced his resignation on Wednesday (09Nov11).
And it has taken new producer Brian Grazer just 24 hours to sign Crystal up for his first Academy Awards hosting gig since 2003.
In a tweet on Thursday (10Nov11), Crystal joked, "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."
The funnyman was expected to be named the host of the 84th Oscars after making an appearance on the 2011 telecast to present a tribute to Bob Hope.
And earlier this year (11), Crystal told reporters he felt "itchy" after his Academy Awards cameo - and he would be prepared to consider a return to the Oscars stage as host.
He said, "It's always fun. It's really hard, but maybe one or two more times... They know where I am."
Officially announcing the news on Thursday afternoon (10Nov11) in Los Angeles, the City Slickers star said, "Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage. I am thrilled to be back there."
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak is thrilled to welcome Crystal back to the Oscars: "He's a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs."
Grazer, who replaced Brett Ratner as the co-producer of the Academy Awards on Wednesday (09Nov11), adds, "Like so many others, I've been eager to see Billy host again."
The Oscars will take place on 26 February (12).


Contactmusic

Tags: Billy Crystal - Eddie Murphy

Advertisement

More Billy Crystal

At Emmys, Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to "Beautiful Light" Robin Williams

Billy Crystal delivered a clever, witty and typically funny tribute to his late friend Robin Williams at the 66th Emmy Awards on Monday (August 25,...

Billy Crystal Pays Emotional Tribute To Late Comedian Robin Williams At Emmy Awards 2014

Robin Williams was honoured at the Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 on Monday (25th August) by his close friend Billy Crystal. Crystal's speech was sombre and...

Billy Crystal Looked In Good Spirits At The 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala - Part 2

'Monsters University' voice actor Billy Crystal was seen joking with the paparazzi at the 41st annual Chaplin Award Gala in New York. The event is...

Billy Crystal Makes An Appearance At Media Presents: 'Fargo' In New York - Part 3

'Monsters University' star Billy Crystal was spotted at the Media Presents: 'Fargo' event held at The Paley Center in New York, alongside 'The Lord of...

Advertisement

Keith Richards, Billy Crystal, The Fonz: The Celebrity Children's Book Author Club

OK, so Keith Richards has released a children’s book called ‘Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar’, which was inspired...

Pacific Rim Now Out In Cinemas, But What Other Films Have Been Released Today?

Friday 12th July has been quite the launchpad for a host of new and exciting films, showcasing the genre spectrum. From action blockbusters to indies,...

Monsters University Movie Review

Pixar revisits the characters from 2001's Monsters, Inc. for a frat-house prequel. Which is kind of an odd setting for a kids' movie. The comedy...

'Monsters University' Fends Off 'The Heat': Still No.1 In US Box Office

Monsters University spent its second week at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office grossing $46.2 million. The sequel of Monsters Inc. follows the early,...

Advertisement

Comments

Billy Crystal Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Billy Crystal

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All