Thursday 23 March 2017

Crystal: I'd host Oscars again

Billy Crystal said he would return to host the Oscars
Billy Crystal said he would return to host the Oscars

Billy Crystal would consider a return as Oscar host - but only if the ceremony "freshens itself up".

The eight-time Academy Awards host said he was moved by his warm reception at last month's ceremony and that "it might be fun" to host the show 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."

The 63-year-old entertainer made the comments as he prepared to join long-time friend Muhammad Ali at Saturday's Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix. Crystal is set to introduce the champ, who hosts the annual fundraising event to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre and research toward a cure.

Reba McEntire will serve as MC for the 17th annual Celebrity Fight Night, which will feature appearances by Ali and Halle Berry and performances by Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson and Bret Michaels, among others.

Crystal and Ali have been close personal friends since 1974, when they met at one of the comedian's first televised gigs.

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