Billy Crystal: Replaces Eddie Murphy as host for Oscars 2012

Saturday 12, November 2011

Comedian Billy Crystal has announced that he will host the Academy Awards ceremony in 2012.

The actor's involvement with next year's Oscars has been now been confirmed by the Academy following a statement made by the actor on his official Twitter account on Thursday evening (November 10).

The talented star wrote: "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."

Crystal, in an official statement, added that, he is "thrilled" to return to the Academy Awards stage,

With the most recent being 2004, this will be the ninth time that Crystal has hosted the Oscars.

The comic performer will take over hosting duties from Eddie Murphy, who quit the position earlier this week following the resignation of producer Brett Ratner, who had been criticized for using the word "f*gs".

President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Tom Sherak, said: "I'm thrilled to welcome Billy back to the Oscar stage. He's a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs."

Reportedly, the actor was the first choice of new producer Brian Grazer, who replaced Ratner yesterday.

The producer said: "Like so many others, I've been eager to see Billy host again. It's very gratifying that he agreed to do it with Don [Mischer] and me at the helm."

Billy Crystal had spoken of his interest in hosting next year's ceremony back in August.

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