Billy Crystal Takes Eddie Murphy’s Spot As Host of the Oscars
Comedic icon Billy Crystal will return as host of the Academy Awards for the ninth time, replacing Eddie Murphy who bowed out yesterday. Just a few hours ago, Crystal confirmed his hosting gig on Twitter saying,
"Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions."
For his previous hosting duties, Crystal has won 5 Emmy Awards. After the poorly received hosting performance of Anne Hathaway and James Franco last year, its a smart move for the Academy to go to one of the most successful hosts in the history of the show. The Academy Awards will broadcast live on February 26, 2011.