Oscars bring back Billy Crystal as Host

Oscars bring back Billy Crystal as Host

"Oscars I'm back"-Billy Crystal returns to his duties as Academy Awards host.

Billy Crystal will present the 2012 Oscars after the departure of Eddie Murphy, the original host. The 63-year-old actor announced he’ll anchor one of TV’s biggest nights via Twitter on Wednesday (09.11.11). Billy Crystal, who has previously hosted the Oscars nine times, said:

“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 prescription.”

Tom Sherak, the Academy president that puts on the Oscars, called the 2012 host “a comic legend and Oscar icon.” Billy Crystal first hosted the show in 1990 when Driving Miss Daisy was named the year’s best movie, and the awards program was still easily topping 40 million viewers, making it the second-most watched US TV program annually behind professional football’s Super Bowl.

The comedian went on to host three more consecutive years, dropped out for two, then returned in 1997 and 1998 when Titanic was voted by academy members as the top movie and 57 million people tuned in. He last hosted the show in 2004.

Oscars bring back Billy Crystal as Host

It's official Billy Crystal will host the 84th annual Oscar ceremony in February, 2012.

Brett Ratner resignes as Oscar Producer

Brett Ratner resignes as Oscar Producer

"I quit": director Brett Ratner resigned from his job as Oscar producer.

Brett Ratner has resigned from producing the 2012 Oscars. The controversial director, who made headlines this week after he made a slew of insensitive comments, issued a statement on Tuesday (08.11.11) explaining his decision.

“Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.”-Brett Ratner said in a statement.

The Academy is now scrambling to cast a new team to helm the the February award show. Although the show’s ratings have flagged recently, the Oscars remain one of the most-viewed broadcasts of the year, often second only to the Super Bowl.

Brett Ratner, 42, resigned his job as Oscar producer after he used a pejorative term for gay men, saying: “rehearsal is for fags.”, during a question-and-answer session at a screening of his film Tower Heist. He also talked explicitly about his sex life on a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show.

In accepting the resignation, the Academy President Tom Sherak said yesterday (08.11.11):

“He did the right thing for the academy and for himself. Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett Ratner is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent.”

Brett Ratner resignes as Oscar Producer

Brett Ratner quits Oscars after using anti-gay slur.

Eddie Murphy to be ‘worst Oscar host ever’

Eddie Murphy to be 'worst Oscar host ever'

"I'm gonna be the worst Oscar host ever"-Eddie Murphy.

Eddie Murphy, who will be hosting the prestigious movie event in February 26, 2012, is telling audiences not to expect much from his Oscar gig. The comedian joked he is going to be the ”worst Oscar host ever” and may even urinate on stage. Eddie Murphy, 50, was speaking as he promoted his new film Tower Heist with Ben Stiller on Monday (24.10.11).

“I think it’s so funny that people think I’m the perfect for this. I’m going to be horrendous. I’m going to be the worst host ever. I’m going to be introducing people and looking straight at the camera. And I’m going to wear a powdered sky-blue tuxedo and at the end of the evening, I’m going to urinate on myself in front of a billion people.”-the star said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Eddie Murphy also recently spilled details on how he got to be the Oscar host. He said the idea came during a conversation with Tower Heist director Brett Ratner, who will also be producing next year’s Oscar ceremony.

“The conversation came up about who would host and [Ratner] was saying different names,’ recalled Eddie. ‘And I was like, you know, if I hosted that show, it would probably get nice little chatter for our movie before the movie came out — that I was hosting the Oscars. And that’s kind of how it happened.”-Eddie Murphy recalled.

The actor has not hosted an awards show since the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, and says he accepted to be Oscar host because he “never got to it.”

Eddie Murphy to be 'worst Oscar host ever'

Funnyman on duty: Eddie Murphy joked he is going to be the worst Oscar host ever.