Billy Crystal has emerged as the clear favourite to replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars host in a new online poll. asked film fans to vote for the star they'd like to see on the Academy Awards stage in February (12) as soon as the news about Murphy quitting the show hit the headlines on Wednesday morning (09Nov11).
Website editor Harry Medved tells WENN, "We put the poll up at 12 noon and we had over a thousand people voting in less than three hours."
Crystal is the early favourite in the ongoing poll with 16 per cent of the vote, while The Muppets are ranking second with 14 per cent and Tom Hanks is a distant third with eight per cent.
Also making the list were 2011 Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais (seven per cent) and former Oscars hosts Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg (both with six per cent).
Bridesmaids star Melissa MCCarthy and comedians Dave Chapelle and Zach Galifianakis are also winning votes.
Murphy quit as Oscars host a day after his pal Brett Ratner resigned as the show's producer over a homophobic slur he made during a movie question-and-answer session last week (04Nov11).
Crystal has hosted the Oscars eight times. He last fronted the show in 2003.