WHY BRIAN GRAZER CHOSE BILLY CRYSTAL
UNDATED (AP) -- The moment Brian Grazer accepted the job of Oscars producer, Billy Crystal knew he had the job of host, if he still wanted it. Grazer tells Entertainment Weekly that although about 20 different names were mentioned as Eddie Murphy's replacement, he had told Crystal a year ago at a party if he ever produced the Academy Awards, he'd like Crystal to host. Grazer says he "didn't have to think about it very much." Besides, he says he thinks Crystal is "awesome. He does it really well. He has the same goal as the audience, which is to have a good time."