It’s Official: Billy Crystal Returning as Oscar Host
November 10, 2011
Billy Crystal to the rescue! The nine-time Oscar host has agreed to replace Eddie Murphy as emcee of the 2012 Academy Awards. â€œAm doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions,â€ the comedian tweeted Thursday afternoon. â€œLooking forward to the show.â€
News of Crystalâ€™s Oscar comeback comes a day after Murphy dropped out in the wake ofF-bomb dropper Brett Ratnerâ€™s resignation as the telecastâ€™s producer. Brian Grazer will now oversee the ceremony.