Even though the gig is a coveted one among comedians, Eddie Murphy has decided not to host the 2012 Oscars.
“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,” Eddie expressed in a statement.
It appears as though his decision to decline the job is based on loyalty to his partner and Tower Heist director, Brett Ratner who recently came under fire for using a gay slur during a screening for the film.
“I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony,” said Murphy who was brought on to host the Oscars by Brett.
On Monday, Brett apologized to the Academy and the entertainment industry for the comment he made during the Q&A portion of a screening for the movie. “Rehearsal is for fags,” he said, according to the L.A. Times. However, there was continued pressure for him to be replaced, and Brett officially resigned yesterday.
The Academy is now looking for a new producer and host for the show.
The prospect of Eddie hosting had many people who wouldn’t normally tune in to the broadcast excited about watching the awards show this year.
“I think this is the first time ever that I’ll be looking forward to watch the Oscars Seriously though, Eddie Murphy is a legend and I know he’s gonna kill it,” wrote S2Smagazine.com user Julie.
Although Eddie stated several times that he was excited about the show, he also said that promoting Tower Heist was one reason he accepted the offer to host the ceremony.
“If I hosted that show, it would give a nice little buzz for the movie… It will be great for the movie to host the Oscars,” Eddie told “Access Hollywood.”
The film came in #2 during its opening week in the box office, following Puss in Boots.
—Tracy L. Scott
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