Billy Crystal to host 2012 Oscars ceremony

Awards veteran steps in after Eddie Murphy drops out

It seems Billy Crystal is replacing Eddie Murphy as the host for next year’s Oscars.

The veteran Academy Awards host tweeted: “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.”

Bowfinger star Murphy backed out from hosting the show on November 9 after friend and ceremony producer Brett Ratner resigned from his post after making a homophobic slur at a film screening.

This will be Crystal’s ninth time hosting the Oscars, although no official confirmation by the Academy Awards or Crystal’s representatives has been made.