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.