First Brett Ratner is resigns as Oscar producer after some questionable comments made over the past few weeks, but now it has been reported that host Eddie Murphy has stepped down as well. Murphy seemed to be needing Ratner’s help throughout the deal, and since their collaborative film Tower Heist hasn’t made the revenue in the box office that it was expected to, this might seem like the best move for both parties.
Murphy has been circling the talk show circuit the past few weeks promoting his new film as well as talking about hosting the Oscars. This seemed to be the start of a comeback to the ‘edgier’ Eddie Murphy that America loved in the ’80s and ’90s, but with a failure of a movie and backing out of the spotlight again, it will remain to be seen if Murphy will regain his superstar status again in 2012.
The big question now is who to host? Rumors are circulating that Billy Crystal is the frontrunner in this short list of options. Last year, Crystal made a surprise appearance during the awards telling the viewing audience he has missed it and would come back if offered.
Here is the press release from today:
Beverly Hills, CA – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards.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.