So I checked in with Twitter to see how everyone thought Billy Crystal did. The consensus: He was horrible.
“RIP Billy Crystal’s hosting abilities” –said @hipstermermaid
“The biggest problem with Billy Crystal's Sammy Davis Jr. impersonation is that no one knows who Sammy Davis Jr. is anymore. Or Billy Crystal” – said @carolynedgar
“I've never done anything in my life awful enough to deserve seeing Billy Crystal as Tin Tin.” – said @MichelleCollins
"Billy Crystal is still on. Oh wait...this is The Walking Dead." – said @BeTheBoy
“Billy Crystal should not be making old people jokes, because his real face is going to get upset.” – said the writer Tad Friend (@tadfriend)
Full disclosure: I got in the act, too. (I Tweet under the handle @maxthegirl):
“This is really playing to the crucial 55 to dead demographic.” – I wrote after Billy’s opening monologue
And later, on a slightly more conciliatory note: “Weekend at Billy’s was actually not half bad.”
But here’s the thing. The past few years, there’s been a succession of hosts—Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, Hugh Jackman, last year’s failed experiment of Anne Hathaway and James Franco, even such social...