Eddie Murphy Out as Oscar Host
One shoe fell last night and now the second shoe has fallen. When Brett Ratner bowed out as Oscar Producer last night, it was unknown whether Eddie Murphy would give up the hosting gig. Well that didn’t take long, as the Academy has issued a statement regarding Eddie Murphy departing from hosting the Oscars.
A statement from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak is below:
Beverly Hills, CA – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak.
Commented Murphy, “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.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.