Billy Crystal to Host Oscars

by | November 10, 2011 at 5:10 PM | Oscars, TV News

Billy Crystal (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Billy Crystal (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter got confirmation on this from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Looks like Billy Crystal will be the host of the 84th Oscars, replacing the departed Eddie Murphy.

PREVIOUSLY: In the “what are we supposed to make of this?” department, this tweet came across our screens from none other than Mr. Oscars himself, Billy Crystal:

“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.”

It’s pretty cryptic, but it gives us something to talk about, doesn’t it? Does this mean that new Oscars producer Brian Grazer and the academy have gone the nostalgic route to replace Eddie Murphy? It certainly seems that way, if you believe Crystal’s Twitter feed.

In addition, academy president Tom Sherak indicated to The Wrap that Crystal is a fine pick as host by implication, responding to their question about Crystal by saying “Bob Hope did the Oscars to his sixties.” Deadline says that the veteran comedian is in talks to host the show. Finally, for more evidence, let’s not forget that Crystal told an audience over the summer that he’s “itching” to do the show again.

Stay tuned. This is getting pretty interesting…

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