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Billy Crystal: I'm Hosting the Oscars

Familiar face tweets that he's replacing Eddie Murphy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2011 4:42 PM CST
Billy Crystal Will Host the Oscars Telecast
Comedian Billy Crystal says he will host the Oscars for a ninth time.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(Newser) – Who else? Billy Crystal will be the new Oscars host. Crystal himself tweeted the news in joke form, notes the Huffington Post: "Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions," he wrote. "Looking forward to the show." Two sources confirm to the Los Angeles Times that Crystal will indeed be hosting for the ninth time. The move comes after Brett Ratner was ousted as producer, Eddie Murphy stepped down as host, and Brian Grazer replaced Ratner. (Read more Billy Crystal stories.)

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