Date: 6th December 2000

Crystal: I Cant Host Oscars

Billy Crystal has told's Roger Friedman that he will not be hosting the Oscars next year. "I can't do it, you have to understand. If everything goes according to plan, I'll just be finishing a new movie on March 22. I can't host the show five days later."

Crystal is the writer-director-star of America's Sweethearts, which also features Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He pointed out that last year the opening Oscar montage alone "took two months of planning. You don't realize. It's a lot of work."

Since Whoopi Goldberg has already indicated she won't be hosting the Oscars again, Crystal suggested that the Academy ought to turn to Jim Carrey. "But Jim has some bad feelings about not being nominated for The Truman Show or Man in the Moon." He suggested that Carrey refused to appear in the opening montage sequence last year because of the Oscar snubs.

Source: Studio Briefing