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Comedian Billy Crystal to Host 2012 Oscars

Billy Crystal Tweets That He's Hosting the 2012 Oscars

If Billy Crystal’s recent tweet is to be believed, he’ll be hosting the 2012 Oscars! The comedian wrote, “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.” Originally Eddie Murphy was set to host the Academy Awards, but he announced yesterday that he was withdrawing after Oscars producer Brett Ratner (who directed Eddie in Tower Heist) pulled out of the show following some controversial comments. Eddie’s departure saw a social media campaign asking for the Muppets to host, but it seems that the producers will be going with an Oscars host veteran, as Billy has emceed Hollywood’s night of nights eight times before!

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