Billy Crystal to host Oscars again? 'They know where I am'

We wish we can say it: Billy Crystal is going to host next year's Oscars. But it's not official. In fact, the Academy won't even confirm whether there have been talks with the eight-time host. But after last year's show, which was marred by James Franco and Anne Hathaway's underwhelming effort, there's certainly some warm nostalgia for Crystal's magic. The chorus for Crystal is bound to grow louder now that he himself has said he's "itchy" to host again. During a Q&A after a 20th anniversary screening of City Slickers on Friday night, Crystal told a crowd in Santa Monica, Calif., he's open to hosting again after last year's cameo. "They had called and said would you do this thing and honor Bob Hope and that was a kind of cool thing to do," Crystal said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I said okay. I did it, and people wanted to see me, they stood up, and I couldn't talk for about a minute [while waiting for the ovation to subside]

. And, um, I got a little itchy. So we’ll see what happens. I can’t promise anything.”

So Billy Crystal is available — “They know where I am,” he said. And next year’s producers, Brett Ratner and Don Mischer, have promised to emphasize the funny. Isn’t this a done deal? Who would Ratner dare offer the job to knowing Crystal is waiting in the wings? Who would dare accept it?

But is this what you want to see, PopWatchers? One year after making great efforts to appeal to younger viewers, are the Oscars prepared to lurch into the opposite direction? Or is Billy Crystal a four-quadrant host who can attract viewers of every demo? Vote below.

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  • Stacey

    YESSS. Please let Billy do it. Now I liked Anne Hathaway. She did a excellent job. To bad she had a bad partner who didn’t want to be there… I think she did as good as job as she could. So yeah, please Billy. But if he’s not going to do it. Call Neil Patrick Harris. They need a comedian, someone who can handle it. Tony’s are different than the Oscar’s. But I think NPH can do it. But Billy will always be my first choice!

    • BATMAN

      Anne was just as bad. She is an overrated actress, she will be the reason the new Batman won’t be good, and I really hope she will not portray the legendary Judy Garland in a biopic

      • JD

        K there Batman. She’s a great actress. If she wasn’t, Nolan wouldn’t have her anywhere near his movie. Also, it will be great. You ain’t no Batman.

      • Benita Lee

        JD: Nolan cast Katie Holmes in the first Batman… so he may not be the best judge of “great actresses”.

      • Mac

        Zing! It’s true: Nolan’s weakness is women – providing them with juicy roles, that is. Marion Cotillard and Maggie Gyllenhaal are about as good as it gets, and they had to work their ***** off just to shine.

      • Kurt

        The last Oscars hosts were horrible. The worst I think anyone has ever seen. Bring back Billy. Have him do it from now on, until he wants to not do it anymore. He’s wonderful at it. I’ll watch it if Billy is hosting this year.

    • al

      Please no. He’s terribly overrated, funny in small doses. The problem is he makes the Oscars about himself. It’s the Billy Crystal Show featuring oh yeah… the Oscars. The best Oscar hosts know that their job is to make a few jokes and move the show along. Johnny Carson is a great example.

      • Sofia

        thank you Al……………..Billy C. was great, but it was about how “HE” did the show. Don’t get me wrong, I love Billy and I thought that he did a great job……………but let’s move on. I don’t think that bringing Billy back will improve the show. Good writing will make the show successful!! It’s a show about the “art” of how people perform. I watch it to see who wins. As GREAT as Hugh Jackman was, after the opening scene, he wasn’t seen very much.

      • Sofia

        Hey Benita Lee, Katie Holmes wasn’t a BIG part of Batmin Begins either. She was ok, but the movie was great, even though she was in it.

      • nancy

        the previous hosts were as dumb as a bag of rocks.. sure, it may reflect your average movie-goers of today, but I really don’t need to see them anymore than I do waiting to get my popcorn at the movie theater while they argue with themselves about the color of their soda, or who batman would beat up trapped in a elevator. Dumb_sses

    • OT

      Wouldn’t mind Billy Crystal again but I though Hugh Jackman did a great job a couple years back. He’s should really do it again!

    • Lemon

      Anne was painfully bad. She was like a head cheerleader who forgot to take her Ritalin.

  • John

    Betty White!! Betty White!!

    • Regina George

      Emma Stone!

      • Nathan

        Yeah because we haven’t seen enough of her yet. Let her host the teen choice awards or some crap like that.

      • nancy

        I thought we are supposed to enjoy the academy awards.. not torture us for hours and hours

  • Simon Pigg

    They could select one or two young rising actors to host again again like last time such as:
    Penn Badgley, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Sophia Bush, Chace Crawford, Miley Cyrus, Thomas Dekker, Kat Dennings, Hilary Duff, Zac Efron, Emile Hirsch, Shia LaBeouf, James Lafferty, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen, Chad Michael Murray, Ellen Page, Emma Roberts, Jessica Szohr, Ed Westwick, Evan Rachel Wood, Anton Yelchin
    They could select one or two comedians to host instead such as Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Rowan Atkinson, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, Jeremy Piven, Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy, William Shatner, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tim Allen, Chevy Chase, John Goodman, Billy Connolly, Danny DeVito, Robin Williams, George Lopez, John Cleese, Steve Coogan

    • Lemon

      Thank God you’re not producing the Oscars. If people think Hathaway and Franco were bad…what would they think of Mischa Barton and Rob Schneider?!

      • Penny

        Most of your choices wouldn’t even be considered stars. And most are wanna-bes or has-beens.

      • nancy

        Gee, if you are going to list non-actors like them you might has well pick morons from reality tv shows and have them host it.

    • Regina George

      Wow. You’re saying they could select Taylor Momsen and Miley Cyrus to host, or maybe Blake Lively and Hilary Duff. This is the Oscars, not the Teen Choice Awards.

    • Craig

      So, basically, you want the cast of “One Tree Hill” to host the Oscars. Brilliant choice….because think of the AMAZING movie career those people have had. I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned Snooki as a possibility.

    • Really Though

      So, yeah about that list…um…yeah….that’s…interesting….in the most horrible way possible.

    • AK

      Why do they think they desperately need to make the Oscars “hip” in order to attract younger viewers? As one of those twenty-somethings they are trying to attract, I can say that I watch the Oscars because I love film and I love celebrating it. The nominations excite me, not who’s hosting or presenting. What they need to do is make young people care about good movies.

    • RL

      I’m sorry but I have to laugh at who you think are “rising stars”. Mischa Barton has done nothing since “The O.C.” ended four years ago, except for ending up in the tabloids for being a cokehead.

    • Aidan

      Most of the Comedians you chose would be okay…
      But your “rising stars” would all tank worse than Anne Hathaway and James Franco!

  • Myma

    How about Billy Crystal with Anne Hathaway?

    • Lee Harvey

      Anne will be able to do the show solo at some point down the road. She’s got what it takes. I don’t think Crystal would share the job with anyone.

      • Emma

        I mean, that was a joke, right? I like her as an actress, but pleaset! And now, they want to make her catwoman?! She doesn’t have what it takes either for that part, sorry.

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  • ST

    Actually, I wish Billy would host NEXT year’s Oscar’s since this year’s is already past but yes, definitely. He’s fantastic. I honestly think it was more James Franco that brought the show down than Anne Hathaway did.

    • Emma

      franco was stoned… At least, I hope for him he was, and that’s his excuse.

  • Brian

    Billy is completely irrelevant today. Can you remember the last time he made a funny movie other than voice-over work for Pixar?

    Find someone new, Academy. Don’t foist a no-longer funny bore on us.

  • Two Headed Sex Beast

    Billy Crystal is going to host again? I hate when that happens.

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  • Brooklyn

    Billy Crystal is by far the best Oscar host of all times. I loved the year they had Titanic and Good Will Hunting and As Good As It Gets. He was hysterical, and I loved his banter with Jack Nicholson. Historical!

  • susela

    Get Neal Patrick Harris to do it!

    • Nathan

      ummmm no.

    • Emma

      YEAH! Neil Patrick Harris would be great! Or Robert Downey Jr!!

  • Eric

    I’m far more astonished by the fact that Brett Ratner is being allowed to produce the Oscars. Seriously, what kind of pictures does this guy have on people? How is someone with such mediocre talent allowed to handle so many high profile projects.

    • EK

      Seriously, me too. Why Brett Ratnor?! But to answer the original question posed in the column, I would love to see Billy host again.

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  • Ann

    I want Neil Patrick Harris to host! He deserves to host! He’s a bonafide movie star with hit movies such as Harold and Kumar and Smurfs. Let’s start an internet campaign to make this happen. Now!

    • Stacey

      Then do it as a co-host system. Both men. Allows Neil to get acquainted with the hardships of the Mother of all Awards shows. Both are comedians, so I think they can play off each other. And if Billy only wants to do one year. Neil can do it alone the next year. I think the problem with the Academy Awards is it’s ultimate award show, very hard to do because you have please too many people. Insanely Hollywood people who take everything personal. You don’t want a comedian who will insult the stars. It’s hard for someone who has a major movie career to do it well… Billy had one, but was never likely to get nominated so he had nothing to lose. He threw himself into hosting. He seemed to have the perfect touch!

      • jill

        God forbid the stars get insulted!

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  • jjd

    Billy Crystal seems to be the one that most people like.
    Hathaway and Franco were not as bad as it sounded from all the whining that it generated via the internet.
    Hugh Jackman was also a crowd pleaser.

  • jane

    Hugh Jackman did a fantastic job a few years back and Neil Patrick Harris would be a worthy successor. Love this idea!

  • noledawg

    How about Robert Downey Jr.?

    He’s got two Oscar nominations, he’s an A-lister, and he is hilarious (in a edgy yet acceptable way) every time he gets on stage an an awards show.

    • blake

      Love him, but he seems like a loose cannon. Like something happens and he makes a snarky remark.

  • Lisa

    Let’s make it a true disaster. Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan as co-hosts. It’ll go down like the Titanic.

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