Billy Crystal: Hosting Oscars again “might be fun”
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Those masochistic souls who stuck with the Academy Awards telecast long enough to reach Billy Crystal’s tribute to Bob Hope likely came to the same conclusion we did … the one-time Oscar host was more relaxed, sociable and funny than current hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco on their best days.
Immediately after Crystal’s stint on this year’s telecast, I turned to my wife and commented, “He should just stay out there and finish this gig. He just might save the telecast.”
Now it looks like Crystal might be interested in saving next year’s telecast.
“It might be fun,” Crystal reportedly told the AP (via THR) about hosting the Oscars again.
“I think the show needs to change,” he said. “There’s too many awards and it has to sort of freshen itself up, and if I can be a part of that, that would be great.”
It would be a step in a better direction. I applaud the Academy and the show’s producers for trying something different. Younger hosts could work. Franco and Hathaway didn’t. Crystal can entertain in a live setting. He’s like an Oscar comfort blanket. Give him the show’s reigns again. But yourself some time to plan for the future. Because your immediate past – i.e. last month’s telecast – was ugly, and things have to get better.
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