Billy Crystal and the most frequent Oscars hosts in history

Now that Eddie Murphy's stepped aside, Crystal's place among the Oscars legends is assured

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So apparently Billy Crystal’s stepping into Eddie Murphy’s shoes to host next year’s Oscars ceremony, which will make 2012’s event the ninth time Crystal has chaired proceedings. 

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But while Crystal’s enjoyed more than his fair share of Oscars limelight, he’s not alone. In fact, over the history of the Awards, there have been a few famous faces who’ve taken the podium on numerous occasions. So, in honour of Mr Crystal’s latest appointment, here are the five most frequently spotted hosts in Oscars history…

1. Bob Hope
Years hosted: 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1975, 1978

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YxRNdgY5vg

2. Billy Crystal
Years hosted: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012 (pre-emptive)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CJY4zV0Wv4#t=01m17s

3. Johnny Carson
Years hosted:
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob0JBcfaDgk

4. Whoopi Goldberg
Years hosted:
1994, 1996, 1999, 2002

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVt7jRO-kL4

5. Steve Martin
Years hosted:
2001, 2003, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIRUOokN2u0#t=03m54s

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So, who’s your favourite Oscars host? Got anyone in mind you’d love to see installed as master of ceremonies in years to come? Don’t be shy, let’s hear all about it in the comments below.