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

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

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

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

4.\tWhoopi Goldberg
Years hosted:
1994, 1996, 1999, 2002

5.\tSteve Martin
Years hosted:
2001, 2003, 2010

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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.