The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Billy Crystal will host the 84th Academy Awards.
Crystal announced via his twitter account that he is hosting the show at 1:30 PM Thursday afternoon with the following tweet:
“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”
In a statement later released by the Academy, Crystal refined his remarks noting, “”Some of the best moments of my career have happened on the Oscar stage. I am thrilled to be back there. 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.”
Crystal will replace another former “Saturday Night Live” alum, Eddie Murphy, after the “Tower Heist” star decided to bow out after Brett Ratner resigned as co-producer of the telecast on Tuesday. Wednesday found Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer stepping into Ratner’s role to co-producealongside originally announced Don Mischer.