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Billy Crystal says he would host Oscars again

March 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Billy Crystal said he would consider hosting the Academy Awards again if some changes are made to the show.

The eight-time Oscars host said he was moved by his warm reception at last month's ceremony and said "it might be fun" to host the awards again.

"I think the show needs to change," he said. "There's too many awards and it has to sort of freshen itself up, and if I can be a part of that, that would be great."

Crystal made the comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday as he prepared to join longtime friend Muhammad Ali at Saturday's Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix.

Crystal is set to introduce the Champ, who hosts the annual fundraising event to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and research toward a cure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.