Billy Crystal Tweets He’s Hosting Oscars

<img src="http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2011-11/66003090.jpg&quot; alt="On Nov. 10, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that actor-comedian Billy Crystal would replace Eddie Murphy as the host of the 84th Academy Awards, which would mark his ninth time hosting the Oscars.

"Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage. I am thrilled to be back there," the comedian said in a statement. "Actually, I am doing this so that the young woman in my pharmacy will stop asking me my name when I pick up my prescriptions."

In the photo above, Crystal poses with Oscar statuettes in 1990. Click on for a look at some of his memorable moments as host.” width=”493″ height=”500″ />

Billy Crystal says he is hosting the Academy Awards.

The 63-year-old comedian and Oscar-hosting veteran said Thursday on Twitter that he is “doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions.”

Academy officials confirmed the appointment but had no further comment.

Crystal last hosted the show in 2004.

This will be his ninth stint as Oscar host and follows a groundswell of sentiment for his return following a guest appearance on the Oscar show this past February for which he received a standing ovation.

Eddie Murphy had been chosen to host the Feb. 26, 2012, show, but pulled out Wednesday following the departure of
producer and friend Brett Ratner over an anti-gay slur.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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