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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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31.

nof    

Sid Caesar p.s.


?Comeback Kids:


?Greatest potential writing team in Hollywood:


The Nof (jfk) and Michelle Caesar.


Now if someone other than Chevy Chase would just give these two comedy-writing geniuses a shot.


Do the wrong thing, Billy -


...hire us.


-will give these two a shot.

1047 days ago
32.

nof    

1) The Farrellys'll vouch for me.


-Not as a roommate.


-Not as a person.


-But maybe, just maybe, as a writer.


2) There's crazy-good and there's crazy-bad.


Michelle and I are crazy-both.


Call our imaginary people -

1047 days ago
33.

Sandra     

Billy is awesome and will do a great job!!!

1047 days ago
34.

Phil    

Much better choice than Eddie Murphy would would bomb. Eddie knew it too and got cold feet.

1047 days ago
35.

Superman    

At least, he made a good tweet about the situation that he's old and not very well known anymore. The Oscars is just a farce anyways to stroke egos in the "biz".

1047 days ago
36.

nof    

All-time GREAT Billy Crystal line and from previous Oscars:


"Right about now Haley Joel Osment?"


(shot of Haley Joel in the audience)


"... is seeing about HALF of me..."

1047 days ago
37.

Babs    

Love love love Billy.
Wld have been great for both Eddie Murphy AND Billy do the hosting together.

1047 days ago
38.

Woot    

Holy crap, Crystal saved us from Murphy! Give him an award!

1047 days ago
39.

nipples mugee    

the end of that tampon is showing..

1047 days ago
40.

claudia08    

Betty White should do the Oscars.

1047 days ago
41.

Sincerity    

BORING TO THE 10TH POWER!!! I'll be sure to MISS IT!!! I can simply read the "recap" on the Internet when the show is OVER!!!

1047 days ago
42.

Ryan    

Brian Grazer producing and now Billy Crystal hosting, yay! This is how it should have been from the start. We can expect a great show with these two on board. Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy suck!

1047 days ago
43.

Fidel's niece    

Yay!
Looking forward to seeing him again,
funny, smart, the best Oscar host EVER!

1047 days ago
44.

Jillian    

THIS JUST MADE MY DAY! My favorite Oscar host. Love ya Billy!

1047 days ago
45.

Salvatore    

One of THE best hosts ever.

1047 days ago
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