Eddie Murphy Drops Out As Oscars Host

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Eddie Murphy, no! One day after Brett Ratner’s Oscar resignation following his public use of a homophobic slur, Murphy has bowed out of the 2012 telecast as well. Everyone and their mother has been fantasizing about all those funny bits and spot-on musical numbers we had to look forward, ever since Eddie Murphy’s Oscar hosting gig was announced at the beginning of September. Unfortunately, looks like the Tower Heist director and star were a package deal when it comes to the Academy Awards. We blame you for this, Brett Ratner! We blame youuuuuuuuuuuu!

Eddie announced his decision in a statement this afternoon, saying that he respected “each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers.” Said Murphy, “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.” We aren’t going to lie; we were sort of hoping this was the start of a brand-new chapter in Murphy’s career. Now, we don’t know what to think. Do you think Eddie is making a huge mistake?

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