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November 10, 2011

The Muppets backed to replace Eddie Murphy as Oscar hosts

An online campaign is calling for Kermit and Miss Piggy to step in and host the show

Video: The Muppets - Trailer

The Muppets have been backed as hosts of next year's Oscars.

Eddie Murphy had been booked to host the 2012 ceremony, but
stepped down yesterday after Brett Ratner quit following the controversy over his use of a gay slur.

Now, a fan campaign has been set up to replace him with Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends, at Facebook.com/MuppetOscars.

The Muppets' screenwriter Nick Stoller has already lent his support to the campaign. He said: "I'd totally be on board. You could have The Electric Mayhem as the house band! As long and you’re not doing crazy, high production stuff."

But he added that there are practicalities to consider: "The Muppets are a guy under a chair. You need a chair with a hole in it. If you try to do a big musical number, that's where things start to get tricky. And the puppeteers are really good at improvising things if they need to do that."

The 2012 Oscars take place in Los Angeles on February 26. Meanwhile the new Muppets movie is released in the UK on February 17, following a November 23 US release. You can watch the trailer at the top of the page.

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