He’s back! Billy Crystal tapped to host the Oscars

He’s back! Billy Crystal is confirmed as the host of the 2012 Oscars.

Billy Crystal set to host the Oscars

Billy Crystal put an end to the breathless anticipation over who would replace Eddie Murphy as host of the 2012 Academy Awards with a simple tweet.

“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 tweeted Thursday afternoon.

The When Harry Met Sally actor was the immediate frontrunner when Murphy resigned Wednesday. The veteran comedian is no stranger to the Oscar stage — he’s hosted the show eight times and hinted that he was up for more.

“It got to be too much after a while and the sameness in my life,” he said. “That’s why I pulled back. And then when I thought I might want to do it again, they were on to other people. It’s always fun. It’s really hard, but maybe one or two more times? I don’t know. They know where I am.”

Murphy left the show after his friend Brett Ratner pulled out of the show. Ratner was replaced Wednesday with previous producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer.

“Like so many others, I’ve been eager to see Billy host again,” said Grazer.

“With Billy, we’re moving forward with one of the greatest hosts in Oscar history,” added Mischer. “His return to the Oscars is, in a sense, a celebration.”

Crystal wasn’t everyone’s choice — a viral campaign emerged Wednesday afternoon in favor of elevating The Muppets to the hosting duties. Controversial Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais also offered his services in a two-for-one deal. Unfortunately, it’s just a pipe dream.

Instead, we’re sure to get a solid show with the 63-year-old actor.

“He’s a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak.

The Academy Awards will air from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Feb. 26, 2012.

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