Back To The Drawing Board: Eddie Murphy Drops Out As Oscar Host After Brett Ratner Is Forced To Resign


It looks like loyalty is everything for funny man Eddie Murphy who has surprisingly decided to relinquish his new gig as Oscar host upon finding out that his creative partner, Brett Ratner, was forced to resign as the show’s producer.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, Tom Sherak, announced in a statement today that Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards.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.

Murphy offered his thoughts on why he felt he had to leave his upcoming hosting position:

“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.”

As of today there has been no word of Murphy’s possible replacement, but it’s likely the Academy is already scrambling for a qualified fill-in.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The show also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Of course MSDTV will keep you posted so stay tuned!