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Neil Patrick Harris doesn’t need advice to host Oscars

Crystal said he has complete confidence in Harris’ ability to pull off the February 22 Oscarcast.

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Published: Tue 20 Jan 2015, 9:20 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:29 PM

Billy Crystal and Josh Gad speak onstage about their new sitcom The Comedians

Billy Crystal and Josh Gad speak onstage about their new sitcom The Comedians

Neil Patrick Harris will make his Academy Awards hosting debut next month, and who better to offer him some advice than nine-time Oscar host Billy Crystal? Crystal spoke with Variety, along with his costar Josh Gad in the upcoming FX comedy The Comedians, at Sunday’s Television Critics Assn.

Crystal said he has complete confidence in Harris’ ability to pull off the February 22 Oscarcast. “He doesn’t need my advice,” Crystal said. “He’s done great with the Tonys. Just keep doing what you’re doing. We’ve spoken, and I know he’ll do a great job.” Gad joked that he and Crystal were angling to grab the Oscar hosting gig next year. “Billy and I are both campaigning now to co-host the Oscars next year. We’re very excited! It’s to show commitment,” Gad joked, as he grabbed Crystal’s hand.

“Well, I don’t know about co-hosting. This show is fine — this is fine,” Crystal quipped of The Comedians. “We’re not going to do everything together.” But after thinking for a moment Crystal had a change of heart. “We’re going to co-host the Rose Bowl parade, the Christmas parade, the Thanksgiving parade,” he said. “And we’re legal in New York, which is great.”

What about Crystal’s film career?

“To be honest, this is a terrible thing to say,” Crystal said. “I am so happy doing this show, if I never made another movie, I’d feel bad, but not terrible because at this point of my life and my career, I get everything I want in this show.”

“I write a little bit, I produce a little bit,” he adds. “I have an amazing cast. They’re so unbelievable. I just think that it’s just the perfect kind of thing right now.”

Crystal elaborated on his decision to head back to the small screen for the first time, as a series regular, since ABC’s Soap wrapped in 1981. (Gad joked he was born “about 20 years” after that, but has seen the show.) “I had no thought about doing anything and then this show came,” Crystal admitted. “This is as smart as it gets.”

The show, which centres on a veteran comedian (Crystal) who’s paired with a younger funnyman (Gad) on a new late-night sketch series, puts the two leads in compromising, self-deprecating scenarios. “I’ve been in front of people since 1974 or so,” Crystal said. “I think people have a certain assumption of me, they feel like they know me...but when we decided to play ourselves, it also came with the caveat [of making fun of themselves]. We draw a fine line. As an actor and a comedian, it’s fun to play with that, and it’s bold and I love the challenge.” 



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