Eddie Murphy Bails On Hosting The Oscars

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 9, 2011 2:17 PM
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Well, this is hardly a surprise and we kind of expected as much when Brett Ratner stepped down from producing the Oscars yesterday. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced this afternoon Eddie Murphy has withdrawn from hosting the Oscars.

Considering the Ratner was building the entire show around Murphy, losing a key creative force must have left the comedian in awkward position. Ratner had hired a new booking agent for the show, Murphy's writers were brought in over long-standing dudes like Bruce Vilanch and the entire enterprise was definitely a unique vision from the director centered squarely on the star and his "comeback." However, now that he's exited, and with no replacement yet named, we think it would be unlikely that whoever does come on would want to continue down the same path Ratner had forged, and would likely want to make their own stamp on the program. And with Ratner pretty much the entire reason Murphy signed on in the first place, it's hardly a shock that he too has bounced.

“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,” Murphy said in statement, likely typed out while lying in bed on a complete "Shrek" sheet set.

But now, things get interesting. The show is just over three months away and has no producer and no host. Maybe it's time to boot Ricky Gervais up from the Golden Globes to the Oscars before the former sign him again?

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12 Comments

  • Connor | November 10, 2011 4:28 AMReply

    Time To Bring The Muppets In!!!

  • Cde. | November 9, 2011 6:48 PMReply

    The problem isn't that he made a 'gay joke', it's that he was casually tossing around a word designed to be hurtful to gay people. I don't think he's homophobic, but it was thoughtless, and someone in his position should have known better. The same goes for the public comments he made about Olivia Munn and Lindsey Lohan.
    Giving Roman Polanski awards these days isn't a good thing either, as great a filmmaker as he is.

  • Cde. | November 9, 2011 6:54 PM

    Christ, the new comment system really didn't sit nicely with my browser. Could someone from The Playlist delete all these duplicates and just leave one post in response to Hollywood Sucks? Thanks.

  • Cde. | November 9, 2011 6:48 PMReply

    The problem isn't that he made a 'gay joke', it's that he was casually tossing around a word designed to be hurtful to gay people. I don't think he's homophobic, but it was thoughtless, and someone in his position should have known better. The same goes for the public comments he made about Olivia Munn and Lindsey Lohan.
    Giving Roman Polanski awards these days isn't a good thing either, as great a filmmaker as he is.

  • Cde. | November 9, 2011 6:48 PMReply

    The problem isn't that he made a 'gay joke', it's that he was casually tossing around a word designed to be hurtful to gay people. I don't think he's homophobic, but it was thoughtless, and someone in his position should have known better. The same goes for the public comments he made about Olivia Munn and Lindsey Lohan.
    Giving Roman Polanski awards these days isn't a good thing either, as great a filmmaker as he is.

  • isabel | November 9, 2011 4:11 PMReply

    I think Ratner & Murphy wanted out, so they came up with this crazy idea. Too bad, I was looking forward to seeing Eddie Murphy at his best.

  • orrin | November 9, 2011 4:08 PMReply

    This is ridiculous, why they making the man a scape goat over a comment like that, i guess he should have said sissies or better yet, a racial slur like rehearsing is for Asian,s or another other race it would have caused the same uproar.

    guess in the Future he needs to be more politically correct and said rehearsing is for pussy's, i bet all the women, and mammal or the cat family would have a fit too.

  • Lorraine Gugino | November 9, 2011 2:28 PMReply

    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.

  • hollywood sucks | November 9, 2011 2:25 PMReply

    Cheers to Eddie for leaving........Hollywood is a bunch of hypocrites.......can't take any gay jokes...but have no problem giving child rapists awards

  • Cde. | November 9, 2011 6:49 PM

    Your CommentThe problem isn't that he made a 'gay joke', it's that he was casually tossing around a word designed to be hurtful to gay people. I don't think he's homophobic, but it was thoughtless, and someone in his position should have known better. The same goes for the public comments he made about Olivia Munn and Lindsey Lohan.
    Giving Roman Polanski awards these days isn't a good thing either, as great a filmmaker as he is.

  • Cde. | November 9, 2011 6:49 PM

    Your CommentThe problem isn't that he made a 'gay joke', it's that he was casually tossing around a word designed to be hurtful to gay people. I don't think he's homophobic, but it was thoughtless, and someone in his position should have known better. The same goes for the public comments he made about Olivia Munn and Lindsey Lohan.
    Giving Roman Polanski awards these days isn't a good thing either, as great a filmmaker as he is.

  • Cde. | November 9, 2011 6:49 PM

    Your CommentThe problem isn't that he made a 'gay joke', it's that he was casually tossing around a word designed to be hurtful to gay people. I don't think he's homophobic, but it was thoughtless, and someone in his position should have known better. The same goes for the public comments he made about Olivia Munn and Lindsey Lohan.
    Giving Roman Polanski awards these days isn't a good thing either, as great a filmmaker as he is.

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