Billy Crystal Will Now Be Hosting the 84th Annual Academy Awards!
Well, that was fast. Just one day after Eddie Murphy relinquished his hosting duties for the 84th Annual Academy Awards following the controversial departure of producer Brett Ratner, Deadline is reporting that past host and comedy legend Billy Crystal will return to the Oscar stage next year. Doesn't sounds like the Academy is too worried about bringing in that young demographic as when they had James Franco and Anne Hathaway host the ceremony last year, and while I would've preferred The Muppets (who have a Twitter and Facebook campaign for support) take over hosting duties, Crystal is an old favorite of mine.
Here's the hilarious opening to the 76th Annual Academy Awards, which Billy Crystal hosted in 2004:
With producer Brian Grazer taking over for Brett Ratner, the trusty Crystal (who confirmed via Twitter) probably makes the Academy feel a little more safe and secure after all the controversy circling Ratner and then the brisk departure of Murphy shortly thereafter. And while there was a lot of support for The Muppets in a very short amount of time, since the ceremony will be broadcast on ABC (a Disney network), it's very likely everyone's favorite puppets could still make an appearance alongside Crystal. The real treat would be having the whole gang co-host the entire show with Crystal. That would bring in fans young and old who love The Muppets, and all those older demographics who still love Billy Crystal. Let's do this! Thoughts?