Just one day after Brett Ratner announced he would be stepping down as Oscars producer, the 84th Academy Awards now finds itself without a host, too, as Eddie Murphy released a statement confirming that he will no longer be emceeing the ceremony. (“I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job,” said Murphy, who was recruited to host the event by Ratner, his Tower Heist director.)
So now what, PopWatchers? Or more specifically, who? As in, who should host the 2012 Oscars? Should the show return to reliable favorites like Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, or the long-overdue-for-a-hosting-comeback Billy Crystal? Maybe re-visit other past hosts like Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Hugh Jackman, or Chris Rock? Or should they give someone entirely new a shot, like, say Tina Fey, Conan O’Brien, Neil Patrick Harris, or Steve Carell? Or someone with A-list clout, like the seriously funny George Clooney? (Of course, we do have to consider that the decision hangs on who the Academy chooses to produce the show in Ratner’s absence. It’s all about chemistry, people!) I’m personally voting for Ricky Gervais to come in and rock the boat. Hollywood is still shaking in its boots from his last stint as the Golden Globes host, so one can only imagine what he’d do with the industry’s biggest night.
Vote in our poll and let us know who you think should take over as Oscar host. Are you holding out hope for Billy Crystal to return or have you already signed up for the Facebook petition to have The Muppets host? Share in the comments section below!