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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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Sarah    

NOOOOOOOOOO. MUPPETS!

http://www.facebook.com/MuppetOscars?sk=wall#!/MuppetOscars?sk=info

1024 days ago
47.

Choyce2020    

Please people especially & including celebrities STOP using toothpicks in public...it looks sooo low class & disgusting!!!

1024 days ago
48.

Regina    

well, if he is hosting this year, then I am no*****ching. Billy Crystal SUCKS. I was looking forward to Eddie Murphy. I guess anybody is better than who they had last year.

1024 days ago
49.

LC    

Mr. Bill you are great!!! , but I want Eddie Murphy!!

1024 days ago
50.

Regina    

GET ROBIN WILLIAMS!!!! he has never hosted and at least I would stay awake through all of it to just listen to him go off on his riffs.

1024 days ago
51.

lightenup    

The best news since he hosted it last time!!!!!!!!!!!
Missed him every year..We need more Billy, steve martin and Robin williams.

1024 days ago
52.

Choyce2020    

PLEASE people & especially celebrities STOP using toothpicks in public...it looks so disgusting & low class.

1024 days ago
53.

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

1024 days ago
54.

Fidel Sarcastro    

Crystal was great as host of the Oscars because unlike almost all the hosts since him, he actually is funny. His parodies of the years nominated movies are side splitting funny and he brings a bit of class to the whole show which has been painfully lacking for the last few years.

1024 days ago
55.

brian    

25% no? are you serious? who then? noone better to replace Eddiethan Billy! By the way Eddie would have been awesome!

1024 days ago
56.

Surfer Gal    

If Bristol Palin married Billy Crystal she'd be Bristol Crystal.

1024 days ago
57.

Kristina    

How about the Muppets

1024 days ago
58.

birdman    

pretty epic

1024 days ago
59.

B    

He hosted some of the best Oscars. Almost anything is an improvement over Eddie Murphy, but Billy Crystal is the greatest! Hope he does well.

1024 days ago
60.

Luvjaq    

would rather see NEIL PARTICK HARRIS!

1023 days ago
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