Eddie Murphy Steps Down as Oscar Host Following Ratner's Debacle

November 9, 2011
Source: AMPAS

Eddie Murphy

Well that was a short run. Following the reveal yesterday that Brett Ratner was resigning as producer of the Oscars next year, the AMPAS has now announced that Eddie Murphy, friend of Ratner, has also withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. It began with Murphy, on his "comeback tour" with Tower Heist, being Ratner's "one and only one" choice to host, and now both are out, they're back to square one, without a host, missing a producer, and a little over three months left until the show. This is a huge fallout from Ratner's inappropriate slur, but maybe it's all for the better. I wasn't a fan of Murphy hosting anyway.

"I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well," said AMPAS President Tom Sherak. Sounds like he stuck by his friend. Murphy himself also commented in the official press release, stating: "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. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job." I'm curious to see who they'll line-up for this instead, but maybe it's Billy Crystal's chance to step up and be the actual host.

The show must go on, and the Academy will recover and continue planning for the 84th Academy Awards, being presented on Sunday, February 26th, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. This is just a wild story to watch unfold, as I've never seen two people be brought in and removed so quickly from something as prestigious as the Oscars. Honestly, I say good riddance to both, I'm much happier with them aiming for someone like Crystal; I was never that excited for Eddie Murphy as a host anyway, his career isn't coming back as far as I can tell. Let's quickly move on and find someone else funny to help hand out golden statues.

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  • Voice of Reason
    Hahahahahahsweeet....Great news. ima gonna go buy me a lotto ticket
  • Hmmm, Billy Crystal's career isn't coming back (ever) so he might as well get the hosting job.
    • JL
      I was about to say, "I hope they've had Billy Crystal on standby."
  • peloquin
    There's an ongoing campaign to get The Muppets to host the Oscars.  Sign the petition here!!/MuppetOscars
  • Maverick Pete
  • T_lynn4
    oh no....
  • Bruno Santos
    What's the problem Eddie Murphy being Oscars host?
  • Djscontrino
    Niel Patrick Harris could work  
  • Shawnlancekeim
    Eddie would have killed the Oscars hands down. The man is funny and he would have just been great up there. Mr.Crystal is old now, need someone newer to host. I would have been happy with Eddie staying. Sad that some people here do not realize a funny MFer when they see one. Oh no his movies are horrible. Well it's not his fault the scripts are weak but the paychecks are huge.
  • David Banner
    Bob $tencil should host the Oscars. There, I said it :)
  • Posthuman
    Get Danny McBride!!!
  • guest
    Robert Downey Jr.
  • the one
    Martin Short.
  • A_A
    Ricky Gervais delivered the only award show worth watching, but he was so funny he'll never do it again. :(




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