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Eddie Murphy replacements at Oscars suggested by TV tweeters

November 9, 2011 |  6:01 pm

Eddie Murphy is out as Oscar host

In the last 24 hours, Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 2012 Oscars, Eddie Murphy, his chosen host, followed suit and Brian Grazer came on board as the new producer of this shaky ship. While Hollywood awaits word on who will step into Murphy's shoes to host the award show, TV folks happily tweeted their suggestions — and their willingness to take on the job.

Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais), whose name was being suggested all over the Internet, suddenly got rather shy. "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."
Comedian Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) was one of many to latch on to the idea of non-human hosts. "THE MUPPETS SHOULD HOST THE OSCARS!" she enthused.
A few hours after his previous Oscar tweet, Gervais changed his tune. "I'll host The Oscars with Elmo and get him to say all the offensive stuff. Ha ha Perfect."

Others weren't waiting to be asked. "Why thank you of course i will step in and host the Oscars polishing up my song and dance routines now," Sandra Bernhard (SandraBernhard) tweeted. "writing my one liners! see you there."

Zach Braff (@zachbraff) of "Scrubs" offered, "If I hosted the Oscars, Hooch would do a dance interpretation of all the nominated songs.

"Covert Affairs" star Chris Gorham (@Chris_Gorham) nominated animated eggheads "Phineas and Ferb," seconded by "Private Practice's" Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc).

"Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof (@damonlindelof) had one of the more pragmatic predictions. "We're six hours away from the announcement that Billy Crystal is coming back."

Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling), on the other hand, went with more unconventional proposals. First: "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." Second: "Yes, let's put a scale on stage, and see who loses the most weight in 4 hours. They win the Biggest Loser Oscar."

— Joy Press