- Published on Thursday, November 10 2011
- Written by Super User
Brett Ratner has officially stepped down as producer for this year’s upcoming Oscars ceremony after a questionable interview with Howard Stern, and creative partner and show host Eddie Murphy has loyally followed him out. With the show only a few short months away in February, the internet is abuzz over who will be stepping up. The people’s choice? The Muppets!
A Facebook group dedicated to the cause currently has almost 30,000 likes, and the official Twitter page has over 10,000 followers. Could this really happen?? In 1979, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy presented an award at the Emmys and won over the audience, so, presumably, yes. Certainly, the Muppets would be a safe choice for the Academy, as it would cut out some unpredictability of a potentially controversial host. Plus, how cute are those old friends of ours!?! While many people are against the idea -- specifically for it’s predictable nature -- you can’t deny that this is some massive press just in time for The Muppets movie to release in theaters later this month. (The Muppets are owned by ABC/Disney... ABC is televising the Oscars... see where we're going with this?)
Either way, there is no lack of Academy Award host options; as last year's sassy Golden Globe host, Ricky Gervais has also offered to take over! Someone’s got to do it! After getting in trouble for outspokenness the last time he hosted a show, putting him up there would be a bold move on the opposite side of the Muppet spectrum. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, Hollywood! We’re paying attention.
Who would you rather watch??
UPDATE: We've just learned that Billy Crystal, that trusty ol' Oscars standby, has been named the new host! Congrats, Billy, look forward to the show! -- Ed.
- Kate Ferguson, YH Staff