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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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  • boho.barbie

    I do not think it was a great career move however I understand it. I don’t think it’s a statement pro- homophobia. I think since the other half of his creative team stepped down he followed suit because he wanted to stay true to himself and not have to succomb the ideas of another producer whom he may or may not have agree with creatively.

  • Jess

    Thank God! I’m glad he’s NOT hosting it. I do NOT like how Eddie Murphy doesn’t mind always playing in movies that are derogatory towards Black women. I don’t even want to imagine what his Oscar “jokes” would be.

    Either way, I think this is all a publicity stint, and he’s going to end up hosting the Oscars anyway, much to our detriment.

    • Val

      I agree with you about many of his films reveling in playing up stereotypes about Black women. Same goes for Martin Lawrence and Tyler Perry.

  • DBG

    Good move Eddie. Right now he doesn’t NEED the Oscars and a change in Producers changes the TONE of a show. So it’s a smart move to let that go and baske in the glory of a hit movie. It’ll serve him well longer than flopping in front of the nation because of technical or timing inconsistencies.

    That’s smart business and protecting your brand.

    • Pilot

      @DBG –

      I agree 100%. He made a deal to perform, and now the organization behind the Academy Awards is changing the terms of the deal. Not a little, but a lot – the producer, who is a known quantity to Eddie Murphy, and has leveraged Eddie Murphy’s comedic and dramatic skills successfuly in the past, is now out.

      Murphy is smart to politely exit stage left as well. I would have done the same exact thing in his shoes.

      Very incisive comment.

    • AJ

      Totally agree, it wouldn’t have meshed together at all. It’s not about a”producer friend” but content and direction.

    • Trini

      @DBG

      Agreed!

      Weve all seen some of the sad outcomes of an award show gone horribly wrong. Not pretty! And without the producer he was expecting, Eddie obviously realized the same could likely happen to him. Dont blame him one bit!