As Eddie Murphy stepped down as the host of the 84th Academy Awards in an unspoken display of solidarity with Brett Ratner who resigned as a producer.
Veteran actor Billy Crystal has announced he is replacing Eddie Murphy as host of the 2012 Oscars. It will be his ninth time at the helm of Hollywood's biggest night.
"Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions," the 63-year-old Crystal tweeted.
"Very much looking forward to hosting the show."
Brian Grazer replaced Ratner as producer.