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Just weeks after Chris Rock removed himself from consideration to host the March 5 Oscar ceremony, go-to guy Billy Crystal has invited his name to be crossed off the list as well. Asked as recently as last week to once again work his magic, Crystal tells Variety's Army Archerd, "I feel badly," but his dance card already is full as he juggles stage, film and book projects. Perhaps David Letterman is an option, although Academy execs probably worry about him transmitting secreted coded messages and all.