Eddie Murphy Steps Down As Oscar Host
Murphy was brought on board after Ratner was tapped to produce the show, but after a series of crude comments from Ratner in recent weeks, he decided to resign from the show.
[photogallerylink id=61069 align=right]The two had recently worked together on the movie “Tower Heist.”
According to ew.com, Murphy did not give a clear reason for his decision, but did say in a statement, “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.”
Tom Sherak, the president of the Academy of Motions Picture Arts & Sciences, now has the daunting task of finding both a producer and host replacement for the 84th Academy Awards.
He’s got some time., and by some we mean a couple months. The show airs on February 26th.
We will make sure we fill you in on who the replacements are when those announcements are made.