Billy Crystal to Once Again Host the Oscars

Will the ninth time be the charm?

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Billy Crystal and the Oscars go together like — well, like Billy Crystal and the Oscars.

Billy Crystal, who has hosted the Academy Awards eight times, will return to the gig once more for the 2012 ceremony.

Crystal took his signature wit to Twitter to make the announcement, writing, “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.”

The announcement comes after Brett Ratner, then slated to produce the show, stepped down after an anti-gay slur caused a stir in the media. Eddie Murphy, who worked with Ratner in Tower Heist, decided to bow out along with him. Brian Grazer then accepted the producing gig and snagged Crystal as host.

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Crystal told reporters earlier this year that a well-received cameo during this year’s broadcast left him “itchy” to host again.

Though Crystal, 63, has a few decades on last year’s hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, nobody is too concerned. Tom Sherak, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told The Wrap that Crystal was certainly not too old for the job. “Bob Hope did the Oscars to his sixties,” he said.

The Academy Awards will air on February 26, 2012.

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