Billy Crystal will be replacing Eddie Murphy as Oscar host, who quite the show after Oscarcast co-producer Brett Ratner officially resigned from his post. There has been no official confirmation from the Academy as of yet. Crystal tweeted the following a little while ago: “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.”
Crystal was wildly cheered when he showed up as a “surprise” presenter at this year's Academy Awards ceremony hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Having hosted the ceremony several times before in the past, he's also a known quantity. Whether he'll lure millions of new viewers to the Oscarcast is something else altogether.