Oh, technology! While we're all over here trying to get the Muppets their first Oscar gig, Billy Crystal pulls the rug out from under everyone and Tweets -- from his iPad, no less -- that he's got the job.
Or does he?
The jokester from "When Harry Met Sally" and "Monsters Inc." wrote, "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." As NextMovie's exec editor Kevin Polowy quipped, "Good reasoning. It's gotta suck just being known as 'The Viagra Guy.' Good luck!"
Although Deadline is reporting that Crystal is set to host, there's no direct confirmation whether or not Crystal was joking or spilled the beans before he was supposed to. But! The Academy retweeted Crystal's Tweet, so, uh, should we take that as a yes? Technology! You're so wacky!
Earlier today, the prez of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Tom Sherak, chatted about the big Brett Ratner boo boo and who might be a good fit to take over. Sherak told The Wrap that the final choice would be left up to the spiky-haired production machine known as Brian Grazer. Naturally, he was asked about Billy Crystal and whether or not the song-and-dance man was, well, too old to host. Sherak demurred, saying simply, "Bob Hope did the Oscars to his sixties." Crystal is merely 63, so he's still got plenty of time to tell Bob Hope's ghost to suck it.
Now, isn't this so much more exciting than the real Oscars?