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Whoopi Goldberg and Chance reminisce

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January 1, 1970 12:00 am

NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts honored actor Billy Crystal (BFA ’70) with the Steuben Big Apple award at its annual “The Face of Tisch” gala.  Chance Spiessbach of Chance TV reminisced on the red carpet with Whoopi Goldberg Hollywood star and host of “The View.”
Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg, long-time friends of Crystal, shared their love for their lifetime friend “”There is this one thing you have to know about Billy,” Whoopi said. “You see, he’s very easygoing, he laughs and jokes. But you don’t want to piss him off. He turns into the Hulk.” “I want to say thank you so much to Billy Crystal; he’s always been my friend,” Robin said. “No, he isn’t just a friend, he’s my conscience. He’s always the one telling me not to do the last two jokes.”
Mr Crystal, the eight-time Academy Award host and star of classic films such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “City Slickers”  had some confessions “I was a lousy student”. “I have so many overdue library books. If you knew, you wouldn’t be giving me this award.” “This has been an extraordinary evening,” he said. “I had no idea what to expect — most moving and wonderful night.” “NYU President John Sexton told WSN he is “an enormous fan of Billy.””He is a great star in my and NYU’s world,” Sexton said. “It’s great to have him here. He is one of Tisch’s crown jewels.”
Celebrity guests  included musician Paul Schaffer and Tony Bennett and actors Marcia Gay Harden and Law and Order’s Jesse L. Martin.  James Franco star of 127 Hours was a no show.

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