Billy Crystal is second in line only to comedian Bob Hope when it comes to hosting the Oscars! Crystal, a nine-time host of the ceremony, is now speaking out about the Academy's decision to go without a host for a second consecutive year.
Crystal feels that the show is lacking without a host. It "moves faster, but [it's] not quite the result you want," he said. He further explained that a comedian can react and ad-lib to occurrences during the show.
Hear Billy Crystal's full comments on the hostless Oscars
A second year of hostless Oscars
Kevin Hart was scheduled to host the Awards last year, but he dropped out after controversy was raised about his history of homophobic comments. No host was selected to replace him, and this Sunday's Oscars will also go without a host.
Jimmy Kimmel was the last to host the show, doing so in both 2017 and 2018. He agreed with Crystal in the interview on his talk show, expressing disapproval of the Academy's choice to forgo a host.
Who will we see onstage at the Oscars?
The Oscars air this Sunday, February 9th. Although a fixed host is not in the cards, noteworthy presenters for the ceremony will include Keanu Reeves and Shia Labeouf among others!
Watch on Sunday to find out which films the Academy selects for the best in film of 2019.