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Actor Billy Crystal arrives to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute to Sophia Loren on May 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
So, Billy Crystal is hosting the Oscars. This follows Eddie Murphy pulling out after producer Brett Ratner, who Murphy is close friends with, made controversial remarks about gays and stepped down.
Crystal made the announcement on Twitter, 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 Academy later confirmed that this was, in fact, happening, and not just Crystal having fun with Twitter.
It's an interesting contrast to make an announcement like this on Twitter on the same day Ashton Kutcher pulled back from his longtime relationship with Twitter after accidentally posting something defending Penn State coach Joe Paterno without knowing the full story about the allegations against Paterno and his staff. Kutcher explained that his management team would be handling his tweeting, as he didn't like the fact that he couldn't be as off the cuff on Twitter as he wanted to be.
Of course, appearing to be off the cuff when you're really sending out carefully calculated, planned tweets is another Twitter secret. (I haven't figured this one out yet.)
I'm disappointed not to see whether Eddie Murphy could pull off the Oscars hosting gig and show us something fresh, though in a recent Rolling Stone interview, he says he's done making family movies and he may return to stand-up, so there may still be time for an Eddie Murphy revival.
Wonder what an Eddie Murphy Oscars would have been like? Check out the preview he offered of what could have been to David Letterman while promoting his new movie "Tower Heist":
This story has been updated.