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Surprise, surprise: Billy Crystal hosting the Oscars

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UPDATE - The Academy has confirmed that Billy Crystal will host the 2012 Oscars. Talks with Crystal reportedly began almost immediately after Eddie Murphy backed out following the resignation of producer Brett Ratner.

Well that was fast! 

Billy Crystal has revealed on twitter that he'll be hosting the Oscars. It's been one helluva week for the Academy, which scrambled to find another host and production team in the wake of scandals. 

But is it just a joke? The Academy hasn't made an official announcement just yet, and Crystal is known for being a smartass. 

More as we hear it. This would make for the ninth time that Crystal has hosted the ceremony. It's the easy choice but would it be a good one?

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1:34PM on 11/13/2011

Excellent Choice...

Crystal is to the modern day Oscars as Bob Hope was to them before. Crystal should be the permanent host, and the Academy should make it so.
Crystal is to the modern day Oscars as Bob Hope was to them before. Crystal should be the permanent host, and the Academy should make it so.
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12:41AM on 11/13/2011
ya I dont like this, it was the safest, easiest way out. they needed someone fast for some reason, there is still three months before the show. I dont understand why they couldn't get the muppets, ABC owns the rights too them because of disney. I honestly think the oscars would be missing out on the biggest night of rattings they have ever had. Billy Crystal been there done that. I hate it when they pick the same people every year.
ya I dont like this, it was the safest, easiest way out. they needed someone fast for some reason, there is still three months before the show. I dont understand why they couldn't get the muppets, ABC owns the rights too them because of disney. I honestly think the oscars would be missing out on the biggest night of rattings they have ever had. Billy Crystal been there done that. I hate it when they pick the same people every year.
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6:12PM on 11/11/2011
Pretty much the way they had to go anyway & he was rumored earlier this year to return as host, the Academy is probably wanting to avoid anymore controversy.
Pretty much the way they had to go anyway & he was rumored earlier this year to return as host, the Academy is probably wanting to avoid anymore controversy.
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4:12PM on 11/11/2011
I've said it before, I'll say it again. I care who wins the awards, not who hosts the forced show. The Oscars could easily be over in an hour and a half or so.
I've said it before, I'll say it again. I care who wins the awards, not who hosts the forced show. The Oscars could easily be over in an hour and a half or so.
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11:31AM on 11/11/2011

Weeeee

I'm so happy with this news. I love this man. He is the best Oscar host since Bob Hope. I am actually looking forward to this years Oscars
I'm so happy with this news. I love this man. He is the best Oscar host since Bob Hope. I am actually looking forward to this years Oscars
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11:20AM on 11/11/2011
Bring it. He's nailed it every time. Certainly better than Eddie Murphy
Bring it. He's nailed it every time. Certainly better than Eddie Murphy
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9:23AM on 11/11/2011
we will see. i like Billy Crystal-Meth but these awards shows are so boring and they keep making them feel like the target demograph is 60-85 year old folks. at least the rat doesnt have his hand in it anymore
we will see. i like Billy Crystal-Meth but these awards shows are so boring and they keep making them feel like the target demograph is 60-85 year old folks. at least the rat doesnt have his hand in it anymore
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1:22AM on 11/11/2011
Meh. At least, the Oscars tried to mix it up with Jackman (awesome) and Franco/Hathaway *terrible chemistry). WWE Raw are better at picking their hosts than the Oscars.
Meh. At least, the Oscars tried to mix it up with Jackman (awesome) and Franco/Hathaway *terrible chemistry). WWE Raw are better at picking their hosts than the Oscars.
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12:03AM on 11/11/2011
Whats with all this safe choice talk, funny is funny, plus the oscares are umm lame
Whats with all this safe choice talk, funny is funny, plus the oscares are umm lame
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11:04PM on 11/10/2011

Billy Crystal's a safe choice,

but one that works. I would have preferred Neil Patrick Harris, especially after the way he killed the Tony Awards the past two years.
but one that works. I would have preferred Neil Patrick Harris, especially after the way he killed the Tony Awards the past two years.
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10:53PM on 11/10/2011
Why? I realize that Crystal may be the Academy's permanent backup for Oscar host, but let's be honest, we all want to see someone else host them (if anyone even cares about the Oscars anymore). They need a fresher face up on stage. It's too bad, I really liked the idea of the muppets hosting.
Why? I realize that Crystal may be the Academy's permanent backup for Oscar host, but let's be honest, we all want to see someone else host them (if anyone even cares about the Oscars anymore). They need a fresher face up on stage. It's too bad, I really liked the idea of the muppets hosting.
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10:09PM on 11/10/2011
That's like Tim Burton calling Johnny Depp for another film... Understandable, but now's the time to really shake things up.
That's like Tim Burton calling Johnny Depp for another film... Understandable, but now's the time to really shake things up.
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9:04PM on 11/10/2011
This is one of the better choices. If they hired anyone edgy, you know their comedy would have to be toned down anyway. Crystal has always found the right balance as a host. Sure he's a safe pick, but he's stilla good pick.
This is one of the better choices. If they hired anyone edgy, you know their comedy would have to be toned down anyway. Crystal has always found the right balance as a host. Sure he's a safe pick, but he's stilla good pick.
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7:50PM on 11/10/2011
Billy Crystal has always been my favourite host, so this is wonderful news to me!
Billy Crystal has always been my favourite host, so this is wonderful news to me!
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7:24PM on 11/10/2011
Wow. A lot of negative, hateful comments. Do you people actually take the Oscars THAT seriously to get upset? It's just an award show.
Wow. A lot of negative, hateful comments. Do you people actually take the Oscars THAT seriously to get upset? It's just an award show.
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7:07PM on 11/10/2011

Fuuuuuuuck....

Hey Hollywood, just because you can doesn't mean you should. I like Billy but c'mon, even George Clooney is more risque than him.
Hey Hollywood, just because you can doesn't mean you should. I like Billy but c'mon, even George Clooney is more risque than him.
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6:50PM on 11/10/2011
Finally, one of the best hosts they've ever had returns.
Finally, one of the best hosts they've ever had returns.
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6:47PM on 11/10/2011

There we have it

Hollywood playing safe.
Where's Hugh Jackman when you need him?
Hollywood playing safe.
Where's Hugh Jackman when you need him?
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6:36PM on 11/10/2011
Aaannnd the Oscars just went back to being as bland and boring as they ever were.
Aaannnd the Oscars just went back to being as bland and boring as they ever were.
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5:57PM on 11/10/2011
Solid, safe choice. I'm not excited, but I have no complaints.
Solid, safe choice. I'm not excited, but I have no complaints.
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5:55PM on 11/10/2011
i kinda like billy crystal, but he wasnät as funny the last time he was hosting. it's definitely not going to happen, but i was hoping for ricky gervais. hollywood doesn't seem to be ready for him just yet. golden globes this last time was awesome !! thanks ricky
i kinda like billy crystal, but he wasnät as funny the last time he was hosting. it's definitely not going to happen, but i was hoping for ricky gervais. hollywood doesn't seem to be ready for him just yet. golden globes this last time was awesome !! thanks ricky
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5:55PM on 11/10/2011
I like Billy Crystal and all, and I'm sure he'll do a good job... but come the fuck on! You assholes could've had the Muppets!!
I like Billy Crystal and all, and I'm sure he'll do a good job... but come the fuck on! You assholes could've had the Muppets!!
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5:50PM on 11/10/2011
Again???
Again???
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5:49PM on 11/10/2011
I like it, if it's true. I've always enjoyed Billy Crystal.
I like it, if it's true. I've always enjoyed Billy Crystal.
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5:45PM on 11/10/2011
This is like the Rolling Stones playing the Superbowl. Can we get with the times already? Typical Academy...
This is like the Rolling Stones playing the Superbowl. Can we get with the times already? Typical Academy...
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6:18PM on 11/10/2011
You're right, because that worked so well with Franco and Hathaway
You're right, because that worked so well with Franco and Hathaway
6:21PM on 11/10/2011
I'd rather have Hugh Jackman again..
I'd rather have Hugh Jackman again..
2:06PM on 11/11/2011
Meh whatever, Billy Crystal is the duke of the Oscars. I can't remember a bad one he's hosted. I say count your losses and go with an old crowd pleaser.
Meh whatever, Billy Crystal is the duke of the Oscars. I can't remember a bad one he's hosted. I say count your losses and go with an old crowd pleaser.
5:42PM on 11/10/2011
Awesome, he's the best. I was hoping he'd come back. May not be edgy and uninspired, but it's a guarantee for a great show. Welcome back!
Awesome, he's the best. I was hoping he'd come back. May not be edgy and uninspired, but it's a guarantee for a great show. Welcome back!
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5:33PM on 11/10/2011
yawn... they missed an amazing opportunity to get more viewers and add a little life to the show by having the Muppets host
yawn... they missed an amazing opportunity to get more viewers and add a little life to the show by having the Muppets host
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5:29PM on 11/10/2011
He's funny. But it's definitely an uninspired choice. Like a lame Plan B.
He's funny. But it's definitely an uninspired choice. Like a lame Plan B.
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5:28PM on 11/10/2011
well, duh
well, duh
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