Eddie Murphy's Oscar host replacement ideas aplenty on Twitter
Twitter topic of the day: Who should host the 2012 Oscars? Eddie Murphy is out of the Oscar hosting gig after Brett Ratner’s resignation from producing the telecast, and the Internet has stepped in with a slew of ideas for a new host.
The names tossed around perhaps more than any others are Oscar hosting veteran Billy Crystal and “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris, who has hosted both the Tonys and Emmys. No word yet from either actor about whether they’d take on the job (though Harris did talk about anti-campaigning to host last week). Robin Williams has already told Moviefone that he’s not interested. Two-time controversial Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais tweeted, “Can't believe all shouts for me to host Oscars. Really appreciate it but I don't think it's my kinda gig. Although that's the fun sometimes.”
Celebrities, journalists and other Twitter users have supplied a slew of 140-characters-or-less suggestions for the Academy — serious and joking alike.
"Does this mean Puss In Boots is hosting the Oscars?" — Damon Lindelof
"We're six hours away from the announcement that Billy Crystal is coming back." — Damon Lindelof
"Our Pick: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler!" — Michael Ausiello, TVLine
"Now Eddie Murphy quits as Oscar host. Should Billy Crystal be waiting by the phone?" — Dave Karger, Entertainment Weekly
"Wait - NPH! Neil Patrick Harris is a perfect Oscar host: funny, relevant, sings, dances. He should get 1st dibs." — @HonuDan
"Now that Brett Ratner & Eddie Murphy are gone, Lars Von Trier should direct the Oscars, Mel GIbson to produce & Michael Richards to present." — Matt Lucas
"BREAKING: Dan Aykroyd to replace Eddie Murphy for Oscar host as part of a bet by two callous millionaires." — @douggpound
"My choices for next year's Oscar host: Billy Crystal, The Muppets, Ron Swanson" — @dav_mcg
"Eddie Murphy stands down as Oscar host? Someone, quick, light the Neil Patrick Harris signal! — Andrew Shaw, Lostinthemultiplex.com
"Wanted: Ricky Gervias for Oscar host!!" — Stephanie Ditta, Reuters
"Eddie Murphy quits as Oscar host. Whew! I still say bring on Oprah" — Caryn James, indieWIRE
"I guess a James Franco campaign isn't likely to work, huh?" — @WarmingGlow
"Can't believe Eddie Murphy now resigned as Oscar Host! They should get Hugh Jackman or Ellen again... they rule!!" — @KristinaBehr
"#Oscar host suggestions: Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Seth Meyers, Paul Rudd... What do we think?" — @2trina8
"I would like to take this moment to announce my candidacy to produce, host, and do the catering for the Oscars." — Adam B. Vary, Entertainment Weekly
"You don't need an Oscar host. The first winner presents 2nd award. That winner presents 3rd award. And so on, till the end. No commercials." — Garry Shandling
— Emily Rome
Photos, from left: Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2009 Emmy Awards (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times), Billy Crystal hosting the 2004 Oscars (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times), Ricky Gervais hosting the 2011 Golden Globes (Paul Drinkwater / NBC).