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Eddie Murphy Quits Oscars

Eddie Murphy Quits Oscars

Eddie Murphy has stepped down as the host of the 2012 Academy Awards.  His departure comes one day after director Brett Ratner stepped down as producer amid controversy over some comments he made, including that he slept with Olivia Munn and Lindsay Lohan and that “rehearsals are for f-gs.”  In a 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.” He also said that he respected and understood the decision concerning Ratner’s departure.  Murphy had been recruited to host the Oscars by Ratner after the pair had made Tower Heist together.

Who will host the awards now is anyone’s guess, but something tells us that James Franco will probably not be volunteering…

The 84th Academy Awards is scheduled for February 26, 2012.

The full story from The Hollywood Reporter can be read here.


Gregg Katz

Gregg Katz is a 3L at Fordham University School of Law. He grew up on Long Island, New York and played a lot a video games and watched a lot of TV. Now he is trying to turn those interests into a career in entertainment law. Gregg is IPLJ's resident video game expert but we promised him we'd keep that secret between us.