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Billy Crystal was not a fan of the 2021 Oscars and didn’t hold back when asked for his two cents.
During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show to talk about his new film Here Today, the 73-year-old actor, who has hosted the Oscars nine times, was asked if he would ever consider doing it again. Crystal did not seem too enthused.
“One of the last times I hosted the show, the economy was just in shambles. And I said, ‘That’s what people want to see: millionaires giving each other gold statues.’ It made no sense.” Crystal said, drawing a comparison between that ceremony and the most recent Academy Awards, held amid the pandemic. “It’s very problematic.”
The comic-actor took his criticisms even further, saying the nominated films “were not audience-friendly in a way — beautiful films; they needed to be celebrated more.”
Bottom line, Crystal said the 2021 show was dull. “You have to give [viewers] some entertainment, and there wasn’t any,” he said. “And that was disappointing.”
The vastly scaled-down awards ceremony ended up being the least-viewed Academy Awards telecast on record in the United States, with 10.4 million viewers tuning in. That was a steep drop from 2020’s 23.64 million viewers — the previous all-time low.
Watch Crystal’s interview below.
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