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Eddie Murphy Quits as Oscar Host, Brian Grazer Replaces Ratner As Producer

A day after Brett Ratner's stepped down from producing the 84th annual Academy Awards over a gay slur, Eddie Murphy has announced he will no longer be hosting the awards show.

"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," says Murphy in a statement.

"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."

The Academy has now tapped Brian Grazer to replace Ratner as the new Oscar producer. Grazer has worked on everything from 'Apollo 13' to '24'.

"Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work," says Sherak. "He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars."

As for Murphy's departure, Sherak adds: "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well."

Meanwhile, some inside sources are reporting that the Academy is working behind the scenes to see if they can get Murphy back on board before they search for a new host.

The Academy Awards will air on February 26 on ABC.

November 10, 2011 |

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