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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Billy Crystal Wants to Be Your Oscars Host; Brett Ratner Considers

According to statements he made to a crowd last Friday, Billy Crystal wants to host the Oscars for the ninth time next year, a desire that may or may not be connected to seeing James Franco lumber on stage as a sad, beefy Marilyn Monroe. “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 about his cameo at this year's show. “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.”

While Crystal is already spit-shining his dress spats for his first show since 2004 (“They know where I am,” he explained), Oscars producer Brett Ratner isn't making any decisions just yet. "I didn't see what Billy said. I'm really focused on finishing my film Tower Heist right now," he told Deadline. "[But] I was told by the Academy that I don't have to make a decision until mid-September." Whatever they decide, can we please have back the show-stealing holographic kinescope ghost of Bob Hope? The man has crossed over and he was still killing it.

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  • Jason Farr@facebook

    Yeah, let's just get Billy Crystal back. It would definitely cover whatever crap Ratner would throw into the telecast. It's still too bad that Hathaway and Franco get blamed for that last telecast. Granted, Franco didn't seem to care (because he didn't care) but the problem with it wasn't them but instead how horribly it was produced.

  • http://www.collegehumor.com/user:328495 Chase Mitchell

    Nice to see Ratner isn't above using a soundbyte for an unrelated story to plug his shitty movie.