Billy Crystal Explains Why It’s So Hard to Open the Oscars

In terms of what Seth MacFarlane is truly in for February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre, there is no better primer than the second half of this clip from Billy Crystal’s recent appearance on Larry King Now.

The ten-time Academy Awards MC says everything is working against the host in those opening minutes, including the fact that the lights are on. “As a performer, I hate seeing the audience,” Crystal says. “I especially don’t like seeing the biggest stars in the world looking at me, going, ‘Please be good.’ And if you’re going to make a joke about so and so, I definitely don’t want to see them.”

Crystal also tipsMacFarlane to something else the 85th Annual ceremony host may not be expecting. “It’s freezing,” he warns. “It’s always cold.” Watch the full clip to hear some of the other obstacles MacFarlane will face.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.