Billy Crystal steps in to host Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Oscars veteran Billy Crystal stepped in Thursday to host this year’s Academy Awards show, after actor Eddie Murphy pulled out following a row over a producer’s anti-gay comments. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hailed Crystal — who has hosted the top Hollywood awards eight times before — as an “Oscar icon” who would be “back where he belongs” on stage at the February 26 show.