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Comedian Billy Crystal speaks during the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

He's baaaack: Billy Crystal to host Oscars for 9th time, 1st since 2004

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LOS ANGELES -- Eight-time Oscar host Billy Crystal will step back into the toughest job in show business, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.

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The appointment of Crystal, 63, came just a day after Eddie Murphy stepped down as master of ceremonies for the 84th annual Oscars, which will be presented on February 26, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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