Now that Hugh Jackman has said he will not be returning as the host of the Oscars, the
race is wide open as to he might be the choice for this year’s Academy Awards.
According to E! Online, Las Vegas Oscar oddsmaker Joey Avello has looked over the likely candidates and he favors Billy Crystal to come back for a ninth turn as Oscar host. Avello sets the odds at 5 to 2..
Avello’s other odds include recognizable names, including Jon Stewart (3 to 1), Ellen DeGeneres (4 to 1), Chris Rock (5 to 1), Jerry Seinfeld (30 to 1), Stephen Colbert (35 to 1) and Steve Carell (40 to 1).
— Allison J. Waldman