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Billy Crystal

I'm Hosting the Oscars!

11/10/2011 1:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal just announced ... he's replacing Eddie Murphy as the host for next year's Oscars show.

The legendary Academy Awards host tweeted just minutes 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."

As we previously reported, Murphy backed out from hosting the show yesterday -- after his friend Brett Ratner resigned from producing it ... following uproar over a homophobic slur Ratner dropped at a film screening.

This will be Crystal's 9th time hosting the Oscars.


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Jay W.     

Best wingman

1078 days ago
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croc    

yahhhhh thats real good!

1078 days ago
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What You Really Want To See    

Short of raising Johnny Carson from the dead, this is the best choice. Let's hope they give Crystal some stage time.

1078 days ago
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TMZ - ThatThingYourMamaWarnedYouAbout    

Throw in some Whoopi!

1078 days ago
5.

Abe    

Billy Crystal to the rescue!

He's the best Oscar host since Johnny Carson.

Thank you, Billy, for being there when Hollywood needs you!!

x

1078 days ago
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I am Spartacus    

who cares, the Oscars suck. Bunch of people giving out statues to one another so they can feel important about dressing up and playing make believe for a living.

1078 days ago
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observer77    

This is fabulous news - he's the best man for the job!

1078 days ago
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nancyh    

That is so awesome he's the best host and makes it so entertaining. What's really nice is TMZ is posting more interesting items today than they have for the last week. THANK YOU HARVEY

1078 days ago
9.

andy    

Hey, . . . it's like "deja-vu" . . .
Hey, . . . it's like "deja-vu" . . .
I think we've seen this episode!!!
GOOD TIMES . . .

1078 days ago
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two cents    

He's been out of the public eye for way too long. Half the kids nowadays have no idea who he is. Can't they get someone (anymore) that's more relevant? Geez, I'd have rather had kermit. At least he's funny and everyone knows who he is.

1078 days ago
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Denver    

Dear Academy, Make Billy Crystal your permanent Oscar telecast host and be done with it.

1078 days ago
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INeedFacebookFriends.com    

what what in the butt should be the theme song for the oscars

1078 days ago
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Throwback kid    

He has more chins than a chinese phone book! Great Scott Billy! put down that sandwich fot the love of Pete!

1078 days ago
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jon ludmer    

You look marvelous. billy crystal. Life is great. Some good news. awesome. Maybe tmz can have one of these fantastic stories, every once in awhile. Thanks billy crystal. jon

1078 days ago
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patty    

YEAH!

1078 days ago
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