Billy Crystal to host Academy Awards
November 10th, 2011
05:34 PM ET

Billy Crystal to host Academy Awards

Welcome back, Billy Crystal.

After Eddie Murphy exited his hosting duties for the 84th Academy Awards on Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made quick work of finding a replacement, and they went with a familiar face. (This will be Crystal's ninth time hosting the awards show - not including the 2006 show he opened.)

The news spread quickly on Thursday afternoon following the actor's tweet, "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."

This Oscars ceremony has had a few behind-the-scenes tweaks over the past week, starting with former co-producer Brett Ratner's resignation. The "Tower Heist" director used a gay slur during a screening last weekend, and critics quickly called for Ratner to be stripped of his Academy Awards production duties.

Ratner apologized for his comment, and on Tuesday had resigned from the job. Eddie Murphy quit next, saying he understood the perspectives of all parties involved, and wished the new producer and host the best.

So now we have veteran filmmaker Brian Grazer in the co-producer seat along with Don Mischer, and Billy Crystal as host.

The 84th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Filed under: Awards Season

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  1. DL

    Viacom is one of the companies that supplies movie programming to satellite television Dish and Direct and Cable companies.
    Viacom and the other companies need to be investigated by the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, and the Better Business Bureau these companies are ripping the American people off, they are gaming us; they are not being fair. “There is extortion involved here” !

    “Stressed out people need good entertainment, to take their minds off of these hard times”.

    There are hundreds of good movies not being shown from the 70s to the 90s even early 2000s, they should be showing these movies for free? No one wants to rent them anymore.
    Look at satellite television and their regular programming nothing but **** on, like I said earlier there are hundreds of good movies they should be showing them in their regular programming! Why they are not showing them, “they are forcing the American people to buy their recently released pay movies”.
    The FCC and Better Business Bureau needs to look into this as well, entertainment providers are not being fair with the American people, “they are gaming us for every dollar they can get out of us”.

    This is EXTORTION ! Wake up America you need to get in contact with your congressmen and senators and have “Movie entertainment providers” investigated they are not doing the American people right.

    November 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Melendez

    Billy will there be a Mr. Saturday Night 2?

    Billy hosting the Oscars would be great if it was still 1995. Ricky Gervais please.

    November 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oy VEY!

    I think if Eddie had worked as the old Jewish guy in the barber shop from his movie Coming to America he would have been great! Maybe next year if G_D doesn't destroy us all.

    November 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Diana

    It's about time!!!!! He was the only part of the Oscars worth watching! But Eddie Murphy would've been good, if he used some Delirious or Raw material.

    November 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lacey

    Q33RS are disgusting, they should ban all the f@gs from the awards show, next we'll have a fudge packer for president, although obama is already giving it to us up the a$$ now for awhile.....

    November 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. blueiis0112

    To bad Jack Palance isn't being nominated for anything this year. Billy got so much ad libbed material from him. That show was great.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oy VEY!

      You ARE aware Jack has been dead 5 years and a day? Much as your cerebral cortex apparently...

      November 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Jack Palance's ghost? I'm sure Billy will feed off some poor soul of an actor BIG TIME! That's the fun part, never mind the bloody stupid movie clips. If he co-hosted with Robin Williams, the show would be deadly.

      November 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Davalfher

    Well, it was about time they offered him what he asked for, because, let's be honest and for those who didn't know it: Billy has not done more shows because he for sure was asking a pay check worth both his talent and the tons of more viewers tuning in just for him. Producers of course had always wanted to go under budget and were getting their hands onto low pay (therefore deplorable) hosts, as clearly seen in recent years. Billy's Oscar nights had been among the most memorable and the funniest since Bob Hope's (based on excerpts I've seen via Youtube or TV recollections). His exquisite humor flirts on the borderline that Gervais boldly and often crosses without doing so and keeping it classy and highly funny. Two thumbs up for this turn of events, for my favorite comedian ever.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. diane

    Thank God. Eddie Murphy is soooo not funny

    November 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Toddy

    Yeah for Billy! And no Eddie Murphy? No loss!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kay

    I doubt the Muppets were ever under serious consideration. It would have been very hard on the puppeteers to script out and perform for three hours or more (and it would all have to be scripted, which means no ad-libbing for unexpected events). They could do a short skit but that's about all. It would have been a logistical nightmare to block it all out for the cameras so the TV audience couldn't see the puppeteers as well.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Not all the Muppets but if was just Kermit and Miss Piggy, and the actors stayed behind the podium the whole time (except when the camera wasn't on them), that might've worked. If Jim Henson was alive, I'm sure something could've been worked out. Actually Frank Oz has acted and he is also a puppeter so he would be my pick.

      November 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nitrous

    Plus he turned into a cranky old Jewish guy.

    November 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nitrous

    Billy Crystal = Irrelevant & Unfunny

    November 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lord2FLI

    Meh, would rather see someone new like Eddie Murphy, too bad Ratner couldn't keep his idiot thoughts to himself. At any rate, I've lost all interest in watching it now, though that's nothing personal against Billy Crystal, but we've seen his version of the Oscars 8 times now, the 9th won't be anything new.

    November 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. emily mazzoka

    He just adds to the snore feast. Did u even try to get Robin Williams?

    November 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      If it started earlier and ended earlier, it wouldn't be a snooze feast. I do not know Robin William's itinerary but he would make an EXCELLENT host if he could fit it in his schedule. If they had the Comic Relief crew, I'd pee in my pants fer sure.

      November 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Laurice

    Still bummed that the Muppets didn't get it! But, Billy Crystal is fantastic! 🙂

    November 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Stacy

    Billy IS and will Always be AWESOME!
    SO Excited! Going to watch it for the first time in years!

    November 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Linda

    Billy Crystral should have been the 'first' choice!

    November 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Bart Simpson

    I'll be watching this award show because that delightful Billy Crystal is involved.

    November 11, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  19. skipInVegas

    Anyone want to bet that he mentions he's Jewish? I mean, like we couldn't tell? That's the one thing I dislike about him: he always seems to have to remind people of his heritage. What does THAT have to do with his performance?

    November 11, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Uh, because that's what Jews do? I don't know. If you study the history of show business, most of the people WERE Jewish must be some Mosaic law or something. How about a Catholic like George Clooney or Mel Gibson for once.

      November 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. NYCMovieFan

    Thank you, thank you, this is MARVELOUS news. So glad to see Crystal back where he belongs – when he walked out on stage for a brief bit at the Oscars this year, we hoped he had come to save the show. No dice, back it went to the 2 failures that some idiot had thought would liven it up, but who destroyed it completely. Note to Hathaway and whoever that guy was: You have to appear to WANT to do something, not just stand there and wish you were somewhere else. Thank you Oscar producers for getting someone with style, grace, EXPERIENCE, intelligence, and WIT. Crystal will be terrific, much better than anyone else. We weren't going to watch the Oscars anymore after this year's disaster, but we will tune in to see Billy, and hey, we ain't near retirement, so proof that talent is more important than age.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  21. FAITH

    Billy Crystal was a great choice!

    November 11, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. Sweetiepie

    Billy Crystal is the Baby Boomers Bob Hope. The Standard. Show'em how it's done Billy.

    November 11, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      I'm not really interested in the movies this year, but will watch at least part of it just because of Billy Crystal. And yes, I really do know the real Micky Ward (his uncle is a family friend).

      November 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. @The Toothbrush

    Are you running out of names there darling? lmao

    November 11, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  24. the toothbrush

    Great, an old outdated comic for ab old outdated program. Should do great in the 95 to 100 yr old nursing home audience!

    November 11, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jenerous

    Ratner is an idiot. You dont go shooting ur mouth off about gays when u r in show business speaking in a public forum. It was all prob a publicity stunt for tower heist. I'll watch...crystal is classic. Wouldve preferred the wayans brothers...of course williams and goldberg will make an appearance. Its pretty much required.

    November 11, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  26. gotanygum

    I don't understand why they don't just have Letterman do it again. He was quite delightful.

    November 11, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  27. j

    Much better team! Now I will watch. Whoopi mentioned she would host with Billy so why not reunite the Comic Relief folks – that would be fun!

    November 11, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  28. Jezmundberserker

    Now I have a reason to watch the ceremony. Billy's great.

    November 11, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  29. johndavisbooks

    Funny. When Eddie Murphy first started comedy, a third of his routine was based on gay jokes. So, he's doing Disney movie now, but I'm pretty sure his thinking on the subject hasn't changed. Still, he was their first choice as host. Yet they won't tolerate gay slurs? Sorry, but gay jokes were funny twenty years ago, are funny now and will be funny in the future. Eddie Murphy Raw!

    November 11, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  30. Readabook

    Was he in 'throw mama from the train' ?

    November 11, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  31. Carla

    The right to "freedom of speech," doesn't include the right to freedom of hatred. Ratner should not have said the things he said simply because that shows ignorance and intolerance for people and their life styles. Further more if the academy was in fact tied to him that would paint them in a bad light, especially to the gay community which is a sizable portion to their demographic. They could have lost sponsorship as well as numbers in the ratings. Oh and by the way Billy Crystal, he was in hit movies such as analyze this and when harry met sally..... I'm 20

    November 11, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  32. Pete

    I am amazed that with all the talent that is out there, and all these so called wonderful celebrities that the world flock to see and hold in the highest esteem that they find it so hard to have good hosts for these awards – i will agree that billy crystal is one of the best for the awards but you have to ask when he retires who will they turn to – dosen't really show a great pool of talent now does it.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  33. Paully

    Oh goodie! I always enjoy Billy!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  34. Rapport

    This is an awards show, right?

    Freedom of speech at a banquet? Very funny posts! Thanks!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  35. Sinjin405

    You had 3 greats hosting the awards. Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal. Everyone else was decent to mediocre. Welcome back Billy. Now I want to watch the show.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ancient One

      I agree! Watching 3 skeletons dance on stage would have been fun!

      November 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |

    I want to be an actor is my dream, but i dont have d conection , and beside that i came from a very poor baground, please, i need help to achieve my dream

    November 11, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  37. jeff

    It should be a law Billy Crystal should be the only host for the Oscars. I'll be watching just because he's the host.

    November 11, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jezmundberserker


      November 11, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Too much Billy Crystal will cause an overdose. There are many other actors perfectly capable to host, with at least as much class if not more so. And where is it written that it has to be a male. As far as I remember only Whoppi has hosted...once.

      November 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  38. NO

    Great! another Jewish host, they might as well move the Oscar show to Israel. Btw, Billy is boring as f*

    November 11, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dusty

      Yeah, curse the Jews for being so talented, entertaining and influential. It's their world sonny boy, you're just the SCHMUCK who's living in it

      November 11, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • NO forgot to mention, they're greedy and warmongers and the lists go on.......LOL

      November 11, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Okay, that's IT! I'm calling Joan Rivers, Whoppi Goldberg and every Jewish actress I can think of to host next year. Please take my threat seriously.

      November 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Dave

    The indespensible HalfBack option

    November 11, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  40. Roger Ogilivy Thornhill

    I'd watch the Academy Awards, but I have some paint drying and it's more interesting to watch.

    November 11, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Fine. You don't like him or the show, don't watch either, and instead take your remote and stick in in your a...........

      November 11, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Steve is obviously a very bitter gay man

      November 11, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  41. Randomarrow

    Billy Crystal and the Oscars, a perfect match!

    A tired old retread hosting a tired old retread!

    November 11, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Better watch it, pal. Next year it's going to be Bob Hope's ghost (if only it could be so).

      November 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Old School

    I absolutely DO NOT condone slurs of ANY kind, but let me bring a little perspective here.

    We're not so "safe" here in the States, folks.

    You can't pray in schools or at football games anymore, can't say "Christmas party" (must use "Holiday party"), In God We Trust" was almost thrown out, can't say the name Jesus anywhere outside of a church or yes you WILL get arrested, stand up for rights (Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X), need I go on?

    And whomever made the remark about "shooting your mouth off to the boss will get you fired", well last I heard Ratners "boss" is not GLAAD.

    Watch your backs y'all the ACLU is coming after ya.

    November 11, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • afraid

      The academy awards committee will soon wage a war on Santa and the Easter Bunny. The apocalypse is near 🙂

      November 11, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  43. Luftsturm

    People have no right to tell anyone what slur they can or cant say, just as long as it is not directly stated to a person. When used as a general expression with no certain individual as the target, they can say whatever they want when they want. If you dont like it , leave.

    November 11, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  44. Yay


    November 11, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  45. shaheen


    November 11, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  46. Bo T

    Can't wait to see his opening. Gotta have something about Tower Heist in it.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  47. ian


    November 11, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  48. WhatthaF

    OMG! I'm not watching! Billy looks sick! Yuck.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  49. Crockett

    Indiana Jones and Billy Crystal's Skull would make a formidable team....

    November 11, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Since you mention it Harrison Ford would make a great host. Oh wait...even better George Clooney (so yummy I don't even need dessert).

      November 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  50. OhHell

    So they reserved the spot for jewish boy after all

    November 11, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      What difference does it make that Billy Crystal is Jewish. That sounds awfully anti-semantic. He's funny, but you're so immature all his jokes will go right over your head. Just call me OhHeaven.

      November 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  51. stormy123

    We love Billy! Ratings will be sky high.....a very good call!

    November 11, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  52. Gena W

    Best news I've heard all day. Crystal – bringing back the class to the Oscars! Nice move, Academy.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  53. ohthatchar

    Thank you, Billy. I mean it!

    November 11, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  54. albie

    it is so gay that ratner was taken out as producer too

    November 11, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  55. ablie

    man! I cannot stand that guy – I was looking forward to Murphy

    November 11, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • The Professor

      I think Murphy makes a great Oil Soap. I use it to soak my dentures!

      November 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jenni

    I always liked Billy Crystal as the host (and yes, I am under 35!). I wouldn't have minded The Muppets as the host, either, as was being pushed by many of their fans.

    And yes, people are definitely misunderstanding "freedom of speech". This line comes from the Bill of Rights, which states the government cannot pass any law "abridging the freedom of speech". People can definitely expect more of people and their choice of words and take action when something offensive is said. Businesses can choose to fire you (or push you to quit) if you say something they don't like. Freedom of speech is all about how the government handles it. Private citizens – and businesses – are free to handle it differently.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  57. GozieBoy

    Oscars, terribly desperate... Why not a Franco Redux?? Oh yeah, he sucked donkey style...

    November 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  58. jdoe

    Who watches a boring, long-winded, self-congratulatory show anyway?

    November 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Oh, that's why it's been around for 84 years. People who go to the movies watch it. Now go back to watching those silly cartoons Dufus.

      November 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  59. "*"*"*"*"

    COlady..that's funny that you are calling yourself a lady. Why don't "YOU" crawl under a rock yourself and stfu.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Pulsars

    Billy Crystal's wonderful performances as the Oscars host in past shows almost made me not care who won the Oscar – he's THAT good!!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Gazork

    Irresponsible use of free speech destroys same. Free speech deserves responsibility.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Anne McNeff

    Thank God,,,Billy Crystal,,is back....Eddie Murphy is toast, he stormed out of the Oscars when he didn't win for Dream Girls., remember that? How unprofessional. Billy Crystal is the funniest of all the Oscar Hosts. ...

    November 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Professor

      I agree Billy is funny, Anne, but for raw talent I'll take Hugh Jackman anytime!

      November 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToonPirate

      I consider calling Eddie Murphy TOAST is a racial slur, Anne! Just because he happens to be black man we shouldn't butter him up!

      November 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  63. The Prophet

    Free Speech – China you disappear, America you're safe?
    Tell that to MLK and Malcolm X

    November 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Candace

    Well, so much for the attracting a fresher crowd ploy.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  65. mat

    Hey carrieanne you are gay right? It does not bother you then. Good for you! Yes freedom of speech.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Quint8

    Classy move all around,,,BC is the man! Tradition is a good thing kids.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  67. mejazzbo

    A safe choice in the PC world.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Tony

    I love Billy, but I'm sorry. The Muppets would have been WAY better.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      If Jim Henson was still alive, we might've gotten away with Kermit. That'd be a novel idea. Maybe Miss Piggy can host Miss America!

      November 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Dan

    A Gay slur is the same as any other. Someone in RATner's position has responsibilities, he set's an example! No one should patronize his films. HATEFUL SLURS breed bad things. Wouldn't see one of his films if I was paid to. Disgusting Person.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  70. alex

    I think Billy a grate host plus he's been there done that as the saying goes

    November 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToonPirate

      Exactly what I was thinking, Alex. Billy DOES 'grate' on my nerves. I wish Bob Hope wasn't dead.

      November 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  71. oscar

    i would've love to see eddie murphy doing the oscars as a host but it was a inmature remark for the producer to quit his job for the oscar, man let me produce the show and get an oscar it has my name on it.

    November 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      Oscar, here's a suggestion: learn how to write a simple sentence before offering your services as an awards show producer.

      November 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  72. mike

    Clearly you didn't tune in the last time crystal hosted. I don't recall him upstaging lord of the rings too much.

    November 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Enemy of the State

    Hey Josh, tell that Freedom of Speech crap to Jimmy Hoffa, Martin Luther King Jr, The protesters at the 1968 Democratic Convention and many more. Who said you wouldnt disapear in America for using your so called Freedom of Speech?

    November 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Lara.not.Laura

    I DVR Soap on cable. In the Top 10 of shows ever.

    November 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  75. JB

    Well this is a disappointment. He is one of my least favorite Oscar hosts ever. When Billy Crystal hosts, the show becomes all about HIM. A capable, genuine host entertains but keeps thefocus squarely on the guests of honor. In my opinion, Steve Martin is the gold standard here. Wit, class and subtlety. With Billy Crystal, the attention is on his act, his schtick. The movies, the nominees, the event in general are tangential to his routine. That said, come February, I'll still be watching; I'm too much of a movie fanatic to say no. But I'm bummed that Brian Grazer made such a lazy, knee jerk choice.

    November 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vikehi

      While I disagree with your opinion (I love Billy Crystal as a host) I love your comment. It was a very intelligent and well thought out comment in which you expressed your very valid opinion. I wish more comments were like yours.

      November 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Some comparison. Granted Steve Martin was on SNL before Crystal. Steve Martin is serious-funny whereas Billy Crystal is funny-funny so you're comparing oranges and tangerines.

      November 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  76. ann ben

    as the voice says on the episode of Family guy..."How many people will get this Soap reference?" Billy is funny stuff. SOAP was classic as was Billy on SNL. It'll be great.

    November 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Beautiful Vixen

    Eddie Murphy would have been so much better. I thought he was funny in Tower Heist. It would be nice to see him in more movies.

    November 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Rlg

    I am very happy with the new Academy Awards show host; Billy Cyrstal is the best!

    November 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  79. carrieanne

    Vernelle I am so glad I'm not the only one who remembers SOAP! Welcome back Billy!

    November 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  80. jazzy

    Why do people always have to resign after making a gay comment?? What happened to the freedom of speech?

    November 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Griff

      Because freedom of speech isn't simply "freedom to shoot your mouth off however you want regardless of what other people think".

      November 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      It amazes me how ignorant people are when it comes to understanding "Freedom of Speech". What this means is Peoples' speech is protected from government prosecution. In China say you don't like the government you disappear. Say that here and you're safe. That's freedom of speech. You tell you boss to shove it, you get fired. Freedom of speech won't protect your job.

      November 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it ain't so

      @griff "shooting off your mouth regardless of what other people think" is exactly that, FREEDOM OF SPEECH. So you're basically saying freedom of speech should only be nice things everyone wants to hear & make everyone happy but if it's negative towards anyone then you should keep quiet & not say anything. Seems a bit controlled free speech.

      November 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • COlady

      No, you have the right to say it. But that doesn't mean we have to tolerate you or your speech. Now go crawl back under your rock, troll.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Really? What a silly thing to say. You also have the right to bear arms, but you don't have the right to shoot people.

      November 11, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      There is Freedom of Speech. There is also Freedom of Consequence....

      November 11, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Maryann

      'Freedom of speech' has consequenses. You have the freedom to say whatever you want, but the rest of don't have to like it, or YOU, for saying any insensitive, hurful thing than happens to enter your tiny little brain.

      November 11, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  81. Freddie D

    I think Eddie quit because maybe he thought his performance in "Tower Heist" was not that funny and was afraid of the critics if they thought he wasn't funny as host for the Oscars.

    November 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Interesting comment as just about every critic who reviewed Tower Heist said Murphy was the only good thing about it.

      November 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bert

      I'm sure there will be a joke in the show about Eddie's quick departure !

      November 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  82. vernelle

    Do u remember jody i know billy

    November 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  83. TJ

    I still don't understand why Eddie quit. I was so looking forward to him as host. Nice to know Billy is back but the Academy should've went all out and got Robin Williams and Whoopee to share in hosting duties with Crystal.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it ain't so

      eddie quit because he showed his support of Brett ratner. The man was stripped off of producing the oscars for exercising his right to free speech by saying a gay slur. Eddie just said screw 'em, he won't do the oscars & I totally support Eddie for walking away & Brett for speaking his mind. Not that it would matter but I won't be watching the oscars either.

      November 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • COlady

      The guy was booted because he's an idiot, he's unprofessional, and an embarrassment.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maryann

      I am delighted to see that Free Speech has consequenses for the insensitive.

      November 11, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • lacey

      maybe the f@gs should be kicked off the awards show......they can go home and pack fudge.

      November 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Observer

    Good to see. Crystal is great in that spot. He'll do well with it.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Dillinger

    I'm 25 and have known who he is for years. Don't give up on the youth so quickly, there's still a few of us out there left. Would of preferred to see Eddie Murphy though.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  86. I'm under 35

    I know who he is. He's that world famous magician. So there. *toungue sticking out*

    November 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Luckyme


    November 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Perfect! Yes! Sorry to see Eddie out, but bring in a class act. Yea it is!

      November 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Diamond Dave

    I'm sure no one under 35 knows who he is.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Amazing how people love to brag about their ignorance.

      November 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spendlove

      Billy who? Oh, you mean Miracle Max... pay up, I'm thirty. :p

      November 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • HornzAPlenty

      Of course they know. Surprised that you did:)

      November 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • horseyak

      This will be a good chance for you to get a glimpse of what actual talent looks like, not that Ann Hathaway isn't funny....

      November 11, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • joesense

      would that be age or IQ, honey?

      November 11, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Diamond Dave

      The young punks seem to be touchy... I guess they're mad because they didn't get a trophy just for posting.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Reflecto

      He makes that famous champagne, doesn't he? Or is it meth?

      November 11, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bethany

      I'm 22 and know exactly who he is. You're thinking of people under 18.

      November 11, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Maryann

      You are aware of TELEVISION, right? People can watch things that were originally shown years ago.

      November 11, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Buck

      No one watches that boring show anymore except the people in the movie business.

      November 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonas

      I know who he is...he hasn't been funny for a long time but, after the anne hathaway/james france fiasco anyone will do.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • LK

      LOVE Billy. He's back as host, FINALLY. I now have a great reason to watch the Oscars! Talented guy. When Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted, it was such a snooze fest I couldn't handle it and shut it off. And I like them both as actors but not as hosts. Billy will bring on the funny, no question.

      And I'm 33. When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time faves.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Well, thanks for making me feel so old there, pal! But you're right. I wish Robin Williams would do it just once (another one these babes never heard of). Love.

      November 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |

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