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Billy Crystal, Oscar host: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, and others weigh in on the choice

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At Saturday night’s Governors Awards, the ceremony where the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out honorary Oscars, Academy President Tom Sherak denied that Billy Crystal was a “safe choice” by new producer Brian Glazer to replace Eddie Murphy as host of February’s main event. “I think he’s a good choice. Some of the most successful Oscars have been hosted by him, and we would think he would be a good choice any year he wanted to come back,” Sherak told EW. “When you go live on ABC at 5:30 for movie’s biggest night, safety is thrown out the door. Anything can happen, and some people will love it and some will hate it. There is no such thing as safe in live television. Is Billy comfortable for us? Absolutely. Safe? I don’t think anyone is safe. All hosts have their fans and their critics.’”

How do the stars attending the Governors Awards, many of them Oscar hopefuls themselves, feel about Crystal returning? We asked a few of them. (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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