Eddie Murphy Bows Out of Hosting the Oscars

The Oscar-nominated comedian decides to walk out on hosting after friend and co-producer Brett Ratner leaves amid controversy

Eddie Murphy decides to exit the Oscars before show time (Image: Getty)

Eddie Murphy is dropping out as the host of the 2012 Oscars telecast, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said Wednesday, just one day after the show’s producer, Brett Ratner, stepped aside amid a storm of criticism over his use of an anti-gay slur.

Mr. Ratner, who was named the Oscar co-producer on Aug. 4, resigned on Tuesday morning because of the furor provoked by his public use over the weekend of an anti-gay slur, and a subsequent, salacious discussion of his own sexual habits on Howard Stern’s radio program.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation strongly objected to the derisive remark about gays, and a flood of objections by academy members and media commentators quickly made clear that the Academy’s Feb. 26 Oscar show on ABC, if Mr. Ratner remained in charge, was going to be as much about Mr. Ratner as the movies.

Mr. Murphy on Wednesday followed Mr. Ratner—his friend, and the director of his latest film Tower Heist—out the door.

In the statement, Murphy said: “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.”

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Murphy would have been only the second African-American man to host the Oscars, the first being comedic protegee Chris Rock in 2005. Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg has hosted four times.

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  • Day

    I agree with you about Lucas’ changes sooo much. I was ikoolng forward to buy the Blu-rays, but that was before I heard of the changes. Now it’s ruined. I don’t mind Ewoks blinking with their eyes, I can live with a new roar (again) by Ben Kenobi (though the newest one is hilarious beyond belief), I even tolerate a CGI-Dug in Jabba’s palace moving his skinny ass around while all the other non-CGI aliens are sleeping. But to change the definitive moment of Vader’s return to the light side of the force by letting him moan “Noooooo!” like a retard is not acceptable, never will! Lucas, you fucking destroyed Star Wars for me. Thank you for nothing.