Saturday, November 12, 2011

Billy Crystal Replaces Eddie Murphy as Host of 2012 Oscars

It all started with Brett Ratner dropping out of producing the 2012 Oscars after a series of dim-witted public outbursts ("Rehearsals are for faggots" is an instant classic). After Ratner left, so did the the show's host, Eddie Murphy. The Academy quickly scrambled to find replacements for the two and soon enough they brought in Brian Grazer ("The Dark Tower", "24") to produce and comedian Billy Crystal to host the show. Crystal, who previously hosted the festivities eight times, tweeted the following : 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". He is still widely regarded as one of the best hosts in the history of the awards. The video above shows producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer talking about the current situation and below you'll find the official press release that announces the rosters change.

"Producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have announced that Billy Crystal will serve as host for the 84th Academy Awards.

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

Commented Grazer: “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 and me at the helm.”

Said Mischer: “With Billy, we’re moving forward with one of the greatest hosts in Oscar history. His return to the Oscars is, in a sense, a celebration.”

This will mark Crystal’s ninth time as host. Only Bob Hope has hosted more Academy Awards presentations, with 19 ceremonies between 1940 and 1978. Crystal last hosted the Academy Awards in 2004.

“Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage. I am thrilled to be back there. Actually, I am doing this so that the young woman in my pharmacy will stop asking me my name when I pick up my prescriptions,” said Crystal.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide."


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