• Wed, Nov 9 2011

Eddie Murphy Drops Out As 2012 Oscars Host In Solidarity With Tower Heist Director Brett Ratner

With Brett Ratner ousted as a producer of the upcoming Academy Awards after he used a gay slur, Eddie Murphy has decided to throw away his last chance at becoming relevant again and will not host the show in February. Who knew that Tower Heist inspired such loyalty?

The announcement came from Tom Sherak at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” he said.

Here’s Eddie’s statement:

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 part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure the new production team and host will do an equally great job.

This seems like a horrible idea. It’s not as if Brett were let go unfairly; this move makes Eddie sound like he supports Brett’s use of “fag” and other insulting behavior. The opportunity to host the Oscars was already unexpected; you can bet he won’t get this chance again.

Of course now the question is, who will replace host and producer? Comedian Colin Quinn is currently making a good case for him and Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers to team up:

Just got news about Eddie Murphy dropping out. I’m here. @sethmeyers21 is here.What the eff? Is there a problem I don’t know about?

I’ll even write the monologue. Hey, this is some crowd here tonight. Occupy Wall Street. This crowd occupies Rodeo drive!

Then a couple of Betty White jokes, then a couple of funny but edgy jokes about republican debates, then how rich the people in the room r.

@sethmeyers21 I’ll write you a song about the years events. Like Kokomo by Beach Boys. Sandusky, Khaddafi, what about Sarkozy. #topical

Also, since when are Eddie and Brett actually friends? Apparently they really bonded while shooting Tower Heist, since it’s the only movie on which they’ve worked together. (However, in an interview last month Brett said, “If it wasn’t for Eddie, Rush Hour [Brett's first film] wouldn’t exist, for sure. I grew up watching 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop. He invented the genre.”)

Even though Tower Heist had a meager opening at the box office last weekend, Brett’s already said that he and Eddie will work on another movie together. He wouldn’t give TheWrap specifics, though he did clarify that it’s not the long-anticipated Beverly Hills Cop 4. All he would say was, “I’d make anything with Eddie.”

Good luck getting people to see it, though.

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