Eddie Murphy Drops out as Oscar Host Following Brett Ratner’s Resignation

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Yesterday, Brett Ratner resigned as the producer of the 84th Academy Awards after he made homophobic remarks to the surprise of no one. Now host Eddie Murphy has followed his Tower Heist director’s lead and exited the awards ceremony.  Academy president Tom Sherak released a statement about Murphy’s departure, saying: ” I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well.”  The Academy usually hires its producer and host well in advance in order to build buzz and provide plenty of lead time on the ceremony.  Now there will be a bit of a scramble to bring on a new producer and host with only three months to go until the 84th Academy Awards.  Maybe this time the Academy will hire a producer who is unlikely to say something like “Rehearsal is for fags.”

Hit the jump for the press release, which includes a statement from Murphy.  The 84th Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2012.  Someone place a call to Neil Patrick Harris right now.

Here’s the press release:

Beverly Hills, CA (November 9, 2011) – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak.

Commented Murphy, “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.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


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  • Lorraine Gugino

    This is very sad. I’m sorry to hear this but as long as he only does movies for adults from now on, it is good enough for me.
    It will be interesting to see if they select one or two young rising actors to host again like last time or one or two comedians.

  • robert barry

    Goddamnit. I wish Eddie stayed on. Screw Brett Ratner and his honky donk bullshit.

  • Tim

    The Oscar’s are boringggggggggggggg.

  • FanOfilm

    Wata diick. Seriously, youre going to follow that deusche? This was Murphys come back, now he screwed that up too.

  • Johnny Tarr

    Ratner should have said: “Rehearsal is for homosexuals.”

  • James

    I actually agree with Matt in thinking they should put in a call to Neil Patrick Harris. He would be a great host.

  • sense 11

    That blows, I think its a bad move for Eddie to drop out, this was his moment to turn back into the Eddie Murphy we all love from back in the day.

  • BabybabybabyOoh

    No offense to the P.C. police (and I’m not defending Ratner as a person), but just because someone says “Gay” or “Fags” doesn’t automatically mean they’re being homophoboic.

    This near fetishtic desire to label anyone – anywhere and anytime – a homophobe because they use certain language is past extreme, and it really needs to be stop. People say “gay” for a variety of reasons, and almost none of them mean “homosexual”, same with “fags”. That so many would so easy bow to the thought police who would judge their own low self-esteem with trigger words rather than intent is pretty dangerous if you actually think about it, especially when you consider that neither “gay”, “fags”, “queer”, or a number of gay-friendly themes began their way.

    Every day it’s another story of a supposed homophobe being insensative, using words to defame the “gays”. Or its straight people bullying “the gays”; the media helps propogate this myth that all gay people seem to do all day is play the offended victim, which in itself is really only perpetrating another stereotype. Where’s the advocacy for that? Not every bully – whether the victim is gay or straight – is homophobic, and not every supposeded slur is, either.

    When McCarther did this in the 50s a new paranoid meme was created to associate wanton stereotyping with little evidence. Now Hollywood, in all its mind-boggling forgetful glory, is helping to repeat this by labeling people homophobics, racists, bigots, etc, with little to no real evidence outside of a few offensive words. Jesus Christ, grow the hell up people and stop acting like victims. Stop acting like babies and realize what they actually meant, and not what you think they did.

    • Jack

      Who labeled him a homophobe? Seems like insensitive jackass is more the sentiment I’ve seen, and I don’t think that’s wrong.

    • SenatorWhoopass

      You’re referring of course to General Joseph McCarther, who discovered all the Communists who were hiding in the Pacific theater.

      • Tarek

        Mc Carthy…

      • Tarek

        the only way to save the mess is to bring Simon Pegg and Rick Gervais

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  • Pi

    i’m not that sad that Brett Ratner has left, but EDDIE MURPHY stepping down as host? he could have nailed this oscar hosting job.


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