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Eddie Murphy Seen as Possible Casualty of Ratner Oscar Departure

Will Eddie Murphy stay on as Oscar host now that Brett Ratner has stepped down?

NY Mag's Vulture wonders:

Murphy_ratnerIn a recent Rolling Stone article, Murphy said, "I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up." It makes one wonder if seeing his Tower Heist director vanish will make the Oscars fall into the category of things Murphy doesn't "really want to do." One well-placed Academy member intimately familiar with the Oscar telecast explains to Vulture that the odds of Murphy remaining as host have now dropped to even money, because now he can step down with minimal PR damage: “It’s like when Mike Nichols asks Meryl Streep to do a movie, and then suddenly, Mike Nichols is not doing the movie anymore," says our source. "There’s no reflection on her if she then steps away from the project. But [Murphy] would have to do it fast, before a new producer is named. Otherwise, that’s just, well ... that’s just shitty.”

The AP makes the same note: "Brett Ratner's resignation Tuesday as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards raises questions about whether Eddie Murphy will remain as the show's host. Murphy, who worked with Ratner on the just-released comedy 'Tower Heist,' was considered an unconventional choice for Oscar host, hand-picked by Ratner to shake up the staid awards ceremony and draw in new - and younger- viewers."

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  1. Because nothing speaks for the youth of this generation like Eddie Murphy, the comedic sensation of 1984.

    Posted by: Adric | Nov 9, 2011 11:59:49 AM

  2. Well, Franco and Hathaway bombed last year so it makes sense for the Academy to want to go back to an established performer. I'd rather see Martin/Baldwin again, though.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Nov 9, 2011 12:10:58 PM

  3. such a loss. such a loss.

    Posted by: UWSGUY | Nov 9, 2011 12:15:36 PM

  4. @ADRIC
    Exactly, how the hell does somebody who hit their height in popularity over 25 years ago bring in a younger audience.
    If they really wanted that 'younger' audience, they would just have the cast of Twilight run the show.

    Just go back to Billy Crystal. Like Bob Hope and Johnny Carson he knows how to be an effective host.

    Posted by: Jack | Nov 9, 2011 12:28:39 PM

  5. One homophobe down and one more go, from the Oscars.

    Posted by: Hank Plante | Nov 9, 2011 12:31:23 PM

  6. Seriously. How is this a problem? I don't hate Mr. Murphy, but he's anything but relevant these days.

    I am also in the Billie Crystal or Alec Baldwin camp. I think either of them would be fine.

    Posted by: Aedan | Nov 9, 2011 12:37:48 PM

  7. Both are pompous and over rated. On one hand, what a perfect combo to running and hosting the Oscars. On the other, don't mind seeing the door hit each of them on the way out. Twice.

    Posted by: Tim | Nov 9, 2011 1:06:04 PM

  8. In the mid 80s, Murphy's live comedy routine spewed hatred toward gays, and he ignited so much ignorance in the shadow of the AIDS crisis. If he loses the gig then good. It's called Karma. And I agree, he's old news...get someone current. Give Chris Rock a chance again...

    Posted by: Tim | Nov 9, 2011 1:11:36 PM

  9. I wouldn't mind seeing Whoopi again or even Chris Rock.

    But, I don't think Eddie Murphy is a bad choice at all. He's an actual recent academy award nominee (Dreamgirls) and a very funny comedian. Last year's Oscars were abysmal!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Nov 9, 2011 1:48:40 PM

  10. Murphy is a good choice, Ratner isn't. Ratner is a hack.

    if Murphy's out then bring back Chris Rock. Jon Stewart. Whoopi. Billy. Alec & Steve.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 9, 2011 2:01:08 PM

  11. I think the "HOMO" spotlight is going to be burning bright because of the Ratner flack, and may illuminate some of Eddie's dark transexual/hooker/live-in boyfriend past. And, from teh article above, it seems like he could take it or leave it, so why not get someone who's hungry for it. Give it to Louis CK! He's gay friendly, funny, and cute!

    Justin Timberlake would be an excellent choice, Ellen again, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, Jimmy Kimmel, etc...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Nov 9, 2011 2:11:38 PM

  12. How about Melissa Mcarthy - white hot from Bridesmaids, and SNL, and unconventional -- someone who is actually funny...imagine that..

    Posted by: Tim | Nov 9, 2011 2:27:43 PM

  13. The MSNBC crawl announced just after 2:00pm CST that Eddie Murphy has with drawn as host for the Academy Awards.

    Posted by: vanndean | Nov 9, 2011 3:22:32 PM

  14. Eddie Murphy - a loser. Glad he is out of Oscars

    Posted by: Kevin thor | Nov 9, 2011 5:40:08 PM


    Posted by: chytnia | Nov 10, 2011 1:51:53 AM

  16. Let’s face it, no one knows what to do with that hideous Oscar telecast. I am sure Brett Ratner saw the handwriting on the wall and used the “fags” reference to bow out of making a fool out of himself. It is astonishing that for a long while now, not just last year’s Anne Hathaway & James Franco debacle, the Oscar telecast continues to be the most boring, predictable, uninteresting show on Earth.

    Posted by: I Mean What | Nov 10, 2011 11:20:33 AM

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