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Billy Crystal Has Some Advice For 2013 Oscars' Host Seth MacFarlane On 'Katie'

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Anticipation for the 2013 Academy Awards is building with the Oscars set to air on February 24. Katie Couric devoted her entire show on Monday to discussing this year's nominees and past winners and hosts.

Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal were on hand to discuss past Oscars hosts like Bob Hope, who holds the record for hosting the Academy Awards the most times with 19 appearances.

"There are hosts for different eras. I kind of like it old school... because they knew what they were there for," said Goldberg, who has hosted the Oscars four times and has the distinction of being the first woman to host by herself. "They were just funny, they didn't have to prove it. Hosting is not an easy thing and not everyone can do it."

"You really have to have some muscle to be on the stage in front of the world," Crystal told Couric.

This year's Oscars will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the 39-year-old creator of television shows "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show." What's Crystal's advice for the newbie?

"Look like you really want to be there," Crystal advised. "Really love the job and have fun. The moments you can shine, shine, and then get out of the way."

Seems like Crystal is a great source of advice for MacFarlane, who is also nominated for "Best Original Song" for his movie, "Ted." He told reporters that his Oscars' hosting style will be a blend of classic Crystal and the acerbic Ricky Gervais (who got major flack for his Golden Globes hosting job).

"I'm going to go out there and certainly be mindful that that's what works but also try and inject some of what I do into the mix and hopefully come out with something that is fresh and surprising and has an edge but doesn't completely thumb its nose at the Oscars," he said.

To see great Oscars hosting moments from Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and past hosts, watch the video above.

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