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Billy Crystal steps in as Oscars host

This will be the comedian's ninth turn as emcee of the show. He replaces the exiting Eddie Murphy.

November 11, 2011|Nicole Sperling and Rebecca Keegan

"For producers, we do our best in putting together the most exciting and emotionally meaningful show we can, but we have absolutely no control over nominees, winners or acceptance speeches, which are three of the ingredients that most affect the success of these shows," said Mischer. "Remarkable, emotional acceptance speeches are uplifting and memorable. They're talked about the next day at the water cooler. Unfortunately, we don't get to write those. [Recently deceased Oscar producer] Gil Cates used to say, 'The Oscar gods either smile on you or they don't.' If they smile on you, you get those moments."

Crystal appeared on the 2011 Oscar show presenting a tribute to another veteran host of the Academy Awards, Bob Hope. During an August appearance at the Aero theater in Santa Monica, Crystal admitted that he got "itchy" after the cameo and said that he'd be ready to talk about a return to center stage at the gala.

"It got to be too much after a while and the sameness in my life," he said in August. "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."

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nicole.sperling@latimes.com

rebecca.keegan@latimes.com

Los Angeles Times staff writers Steven Zeitchik and Geoff Boucher contributed to this report.

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