Crystal says no to ninth Oscars

Eight-time Oscar host Billy Crystal has turned down an offer to return as the presenter of the Academy Awards in 2006.

Crystal, an Oscars favourite, cited his busy work schedule, which includes touring with his popular one-man show, 700 Sundays, for his decision.

Chris Rock, who hosted the show in March, has already announced he won't be returning for the Kodak Theater event in 2006.

The 78th Annual Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on March 5. Other popular past hosts in negotiations for the show include Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin.

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