Eddie Murphy Drops Out As Oscars Host

Rucuss staffNovember 10, 2011

Comedian Eddie Murphy will not be hosting the Academy Awards.

Murphy has withdrawn as the host, according to a statement released by the Academy of Motion  Picture Arts & Sciences.

“I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative  partner, Brett  Ratner, and we all wish him well,” Academy President Tom Sherak said in a  statement.

Murphy’s decision comes a day after Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the show. Ratner left the position after he was criticized for using a gay slur (f*g) during a question-and-answer session for his new film, “Tower Heist,” which Murphy stars in. Ratner said he didn’t want to be a distraction to the Oscars.

“First and foremost, I want to say that I completely understand and support each  party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony,” Murphy said in a statement. “I was truly looking forward to being part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”

Brian Grazer, a prominent film producer with recent credits on both “J. Edgar” and “Tower Heist,” has replaced Ratner as producer. No word on Murphy’s replacement.

Murphy would have been leaps and bounds better than last year’s hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco. Let’s just hope they stick pick a comedian to host the gig, which is set to air Feb. 26, 2012.

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