News just broke a few minutes ago that no one's favorite comedian, Billy Crystal, has been picked to host next year's Academy Awards after the departure of producer Brett Ratner and subsequently, host Eddie Murphy. In the past day or so, a grassroots movement sprang up with the purpose of having The Muppets host the Oscars. Sure, it's stupid. The Muppets are puppets, and the only reasons they're occupying real estate in anyone's brain right now is because they have a movie coming out in a few weeks.

Nonetheless, they're not only a more inspired choice than Billy Crystal, but a better one. With Billy Crystal, we will get effectively, the same ceremony we did in 1990. And 1991. And 1992. And 1993. Then again in 1997. Then in 1998. Once again in 2000. Then once more in 2004.

Well, it's all moot since Billy got the call, so this list is somewhat masturbatory, as it always is with me and The Muppets. Even so, here's why the Muppets were the better choice.

The Muppets Haven’t Hosted Before

Billy Crystal has hosted eight times. We know what we’ll be in for. We’re going to get 10,000 Bruce Vilanch-penned jokes about Helen Mirren being a slut, or Samuel L. Jackson asking out Dakota Fanning. They will be moderately funny, very familiar, and ultimately unremarkable.

With The Muppets, we could get watered-down, mass-marketed puppet humor. Or we could see Miss Piggy make a joke about Eddie Murphy banging out a tranny. Or we could see Beaker get handsy with Jude Law to the point Law has to awkwardly tell a puppet to stop grabbing him.

That last one probably wouldn’t happen with Billy Crystal, but if someone could guarantee it, I’d be fine with Crystal hosting.

The Muppets Look More Human Than Billy Crystal Does

David Gest called. He wants his visage back!

Billy Crystal Has Dropped Off The Radar

Crystals last feature-length film in which he was more than a voice was in 2002. Boo! And it was Analyze That. BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

With the criticism of the Oscars last year, everyone was expecting the tightasses at the Academy to swing back the other way. I mean, after Nipplegate, the following year’s Superbowl halftime show was Paul McCartney. Well, people didn’t count on the human wild card that is AMPAS president Tom Sherak. He went with Eddie Murphy, and people were actually talking about the Oscars seven months before they occurred.

Well, with the fallout from Brett Ratner’s exit, it would be easy to say “screw it” and unfreeze Billy Crystal for 24 hours to host. But it would be wildly counterproductive to the Academy’s stated cause of reaching out to a younger generation. Hiring Crystal says, “We tried young people last year. It didn’t work. We’re going back to what people like until all the people that like it die.”

I Would Love To See The Look On Animal’s Face When Midnight In Paris Wins Best Original Screenplay

For years in interviews, Animal has derided Woody Allen’s post-Manhattan career, so it would be interesting to see how he responds to an Allen win. This is Woody’s year, whether Animal wants to believe it or not.

No One’s Ever Accused The Muppets’ Brand Of Humor As Being “Too New York Jew-y”

The same cannot be said for Billy Crystal. And at least the Gonzo wouldn't drone on and on about the Yankees.

Miss Piggy’s Wardrobe

It would be absolutely amazing to see fashionistas the world over spend Oscar night and the following week critiquing Miss Piggy and her outfit without a shred of irony.

“Miss Piggy!!!! You look fabulous! Who are you wearing? Is that vintage Valentino?”

We would also get to see USWeekly do their “Who Wore It Better?” piece putting Gwyneth Paltrow up against Miss Piggy.

Statler And Waldorf

Those guys rule. I would love them just rag on all the nominees from the balcony during the show.

Statler: The Help? I’ve seen better film on teeth!

Waldorf: Now, now, I think it’s great that they let retarded people make their own movie.

I could go on, but that was offensive enough for now. Ok. One more.

Waldorf: What do you think of Elizabeth Olsen’s nomination for Martha Marcy May Marlene?

Statler: I think we should clone her. That way we could have FOUR talentless Olsen sisters!

Oh, you guys!

Kermit The Frog Could Sing Every Nominee For Best Song

He’s still a better talent than Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia.

A Muppet Could Make An Insensitive Joke And Get Booed

I know it’s a long shot, but how amazing would it be if the Swedish Chef said something about Charlize Theron’s tuna, only to have the entire Kodak Theater audience turn on him and start booing. It would forever be known as the night that a thousand people in tuxedos booed a puppet.

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