Billy Crystal Is “Itchy” To Host Oscars Again

February’s 83rd Academy Awards called him “one of the greatest Oscar hosts of all time”. And Hollywood realized how much he was missed when he made a surprise appearance on stage at the Kodak Theatre last time around. Now Billy Crystal dropped a big hint this past weekend that he’s “itchy” to host again. The 63-year-old actor made the remarks during a Q&A for an American Cinematheque screening to mark the 20th anniversary of his comedy City Slickers. The Los Angeles Times caught his remarks:

“It got to be too much after a while and the sameness in my life. That’s why I pulled back. And then when I thought I might want to do it again, they were on to other people. It’s always fun. It’s really hard, but maybe one or two more times? I don’t know. They know where I am… I came out last year as a surprise. It was a last-minute decision. They had called and said would you do this thing and honor Bob Hope and that was a kind of cool thing to do. I said OK. I did it, and people wanted to see me, they stood up, and I couldn’t talk for about a minute. And, um, I got a little itchy. So we’ll see what happens. I can’t promise anything.”

Here’s his cameo from the 83rd Academy Awards:

  1. I say do it Billy. You’re the only decent host they’ve had on this shing-ding in almost 10 years. Last year’s co-hosts were awful.

    1. Stay away, Billy. You’re just one of the America-hating, leftist Hollywood trash hosts that has driven the Oscars down to shame.

      Oh, the days of Bob Hope and Johnny Carson are over and done. Thank God they’re dead and can’t see the results of time.

  2. “Itchy” WTF?

    There is plenty of over the counter medication for that condition.

    If the Oscar broadcast has any chance of staying fresh and relevant, it’s best to leave the past behind — where it belongs. Time to find fresh host talent. I’m sure that Ratner is up to the task.

  3. Bring it on, Mr. Sunday Night! I miss the opening parody tunes, most of which are still etched into my brain.

  4. I would love to see Billy do it again, but with the youth movement in the Academy, I’m not sure they’d be willing to invite a 63-year old to host.

  5. He seems a nice enough guy who was good at the gig. But it’s time for someone new please.

    The Tina Fey/Steve Carell would be a winner.

    Kristin Wiig/Justin Timberlake too.

    But really, they need to get rid of Vilanch. Or at least not let the kind of cheesy jokes he is known for (fairly or not) dominate the writing staff.

    1. dear francis key. you have no idea how the writing on the scademy awards works. if you met me, you’d love me. even though your anthem sucks

  6. This would be a good way to ensure the show would be even worse than last year. Billy Crystal is not very funny and he is an incredibly overrated host.

  7. I’d bring back Billy in a heartbeat. Then hope somebody pulls a Palance. You can’t beat that.

  8. It would be fantastic for Billy to return! I vote him or Neil Patrick Harris. Has to be a song & dance talented performer with comedic chops.

    Chris- Billy would be worse than Anne&Franco? Lay off the crack cause you’s talkin’ crazy!

  9. I’d love for Crystal to come back and class up the joint, as it were. He was always so damn effortless in making bad jokes work, great jokes sing, and making everyone feel like stars. I think he’d be fantastic.

  10. I agree that the last 10 years of hosts haven’t been spectacular—and Crystal was one of them! Few remember that they lured him back in ’04 (the year the last ‘Lord of the Rings’ swept), and he wasn’t terrible but certainly wasn’t up to the standard of the ’90s. And he was eight years younger then. I love Billy, but it’s time to move on—I’d look elsewhere.

  11. As someone in the prized youthful demographic, I would be ecstatic for Billy to come back. The worst shows have always been attempts to “freshen” the broadcast or make it “relevant” for youthful viewers. Hathaway/Franco, Chris Rock, David Letterman (who hosted back when he was “hip”) were all painful to watch. I’ve never been a fan of Billy Crystal outside of the Oscars, but he does that job better than anyone else I’ve seen. As I am too young to have seen Bob Hope, I cannot compare Crystal with him.

    The Oscars will always be relevant to people who love movies. To get viewers for the broadcast, Hollywood producers need to create movies that people love and not worry about finding the right youthful audience-attracting host for the ceremony.

  12. this guy is seriously the Dick Clark of the Oscars

    No Thanks !!

    I vote for Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, or Ricky Gervais

  13. I know it’s just been SNL, but Justin Timberlake could probably do a very capable job of it as well. That guy is pure vaudeville.

  14. While it wouldn’t surprise me if Billy is a lefty, he’s very talented and is a sight better than last years’ hosts.

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