Eddie Murphy Quits Oscar Hosting Gig
Out of loyalty to Brett Ratner? Or something else....
Brett Ratner resigned yesterday as producer of the next Oscars for making some pretty questionable statements.
Not even after 24 hours, the Academy has announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as the host of next year's awards, giving out this gracious but deliberately vague statement: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 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."
That's right. Eddie Murphy would rather walk away from a project that would been the first in a very long time that could have garnered him with some credibility and respect (apart from Dream girls) and showcase the talents that made him a star, than go on without Brett Ratner. After all, Brett Ratner was the one that convinced him to do it.
Could it be that Murphy really is not as good or the same as he was back in the day? This was the reason we were exited; seeing him hosting an award show that is in many ways a variety show. The prospect of another stand up routine, a format that made him famous and ones we still watch, and show us all that despite all the sh*tty films he has made in the last years, he still has it.
Either he doesn't have it anymore, or simply does not care to show it. Either of this is depressing for us who are huge fans of his earlier films and regularly watch them.
As for the Oscars, with a little more than three months to go until showtime, next year's ceremony is back at square one. All bets are off! Anybody could host! Anything is possible! We can hope that sense of possibility inspires the Academy to think smart and stick to what they do well, but as we all know, their desire to attract younger and newer viewers can lead to some dumb, dumb decisions (like hiring Brett Ratner in the first place, you might say). Its hard to imagine they'll find someone funnier than Murphy to find his place, but here's hoping their next picks for producer and host are at least a little less volatile.
Give John Stewart another go!
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