Billy Crystal tweets that he will host Oscars

The former host tells his followers he's "looking forward to the show"

Published November 10, 2011 10:18PM (EST)

Billy Crystal      (Gary Hershorn / Reuters)
Billy Crystal (Gary Hershorn / Reuters)

It looks like culture commentators can stop speculating about who might replace Eddie Murphy as host of the Oscars in 2012: Billy Crystal has indicated via Twitter that he'll be taking up his familiar position center stage.

Around 4:30 pm EST on Thursday, Crystal informed his Twitter followers: "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 has hosted nine Oscar ceremonies in the past -- more than any other host except for Bob Hope.

The news comes only a day after Eddie Murphy, who was originally tapped to host the ceremony, extricated himself from the sticky situation surrounding Brett Ratner's resignation as Oscar producer.

By Emma Mustich

Emma Mustich is a Salon contributor. Follow her on Twitter: @emustich.

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