Just a day after his friend and creative partner, Brett Ratner, stepped down as producer of next year’s Oscar awards ceremony, Eddie Murphy is following his friend out the door.

Ratner came under fire for using an offensive gay slur and bowed out of the Oscar gig yesterday and many wondered if Murphy would do the same. ¬†Just minutes ago, Murphy confirmed that he will no longer host next year’s telecast.

Eddie Murphy released a statement about his departure, saying, “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.”

Bad move, Eddie…bad move.

What do you think? Should Eddie have quit the Oscar hosting gig? Who should they get to replace him?

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