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Eddie Murphy

Bails Out of Oscars

After Brett Ratner Resigns

11/9/2011 11:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Eddie Murphy is showing the ultimate solidarity with good friend and producing partner Brett Ratner by quitting the 2012 Oscars, which he had agreed to host.

Ratner bailed -- though he may have had no choice -- after making a homophobic remark last week at a screening of "Tower Heist," which stars Murphy.

Murphy says he wanted to do the show and never says squarely he's bailing because Ratner is gone, but his statement leaves little doubt:  "I was 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."

Looks like the Motion Pictures Academy does better with old people -- they're generally a lot safer.

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longagain    

Darn, I wanted to see some Mr. Rogers, Gumby, and James Brown skits...

1077 days ago
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DancingBorzoi    

Yay! I was not looking forward to watching that douchebag anyway. Bring back Billy Crystal!

1077 days ago
3.

Jack    

I'm sure Eddie will find something to the night of the Oscar's, maybe impregnate another baby mama.

1077 days ago
4.

DancingBorzoi    

Regis is looking for work!

1077 days ago
5.

Mazor    

Good. Now the f*gs will miss a good show because they are too f*cking sensitive.

1077 days ago
6.

who-me    

Free Brett Ratner's Speech.

1077 days ago
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Truth    

EDDIE MURPHY JUST KISSED HIS LAME AZZ CAREER GOODBYE.. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN HIS SOMEWHAT COMEBACK AS A COMEDIAN. RECALL WHEN HE LEFT AFTER HE LOST THE OSCAR FOR HIS ROLE IN DREAM GIRLS RE: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR?? WHAT A SORE LOSER. NOW YOU SEE EDDIE'S CAREER FOLLOWING HIM RIGHT OUT OF THE THEATRE. CYA, GOOD LUCK MAKING SUPPORT PAYMENTS TO ALL YOUR BABY MAMAS. TRUTH!!!

1077 days ago
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Justin    

That's so RAW, Eddie must be Delirious.

1077 days ago
9.

JiLL1    

The Oscars are mind-numbingly boring anyway. These 2 woulda probably made it even worse

1077 days ago
10.

emma    

good, never liked him

1077 days ago
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Dark December    

F@&&0ts! Opps I cant believe I said that. Come to berkeley and see for yourself the best of what California has to offer. F@&&0ts!

1077 days ago
12.

Tammy    

Well, I give him mad props for standing by his friend. You rarely see loyalty like that anymore, especially when the homosexuals have got you in their crosshairs.

1077 days ago
13.

Hep    

Bring back Johnny Carson! Even deceased, he'll do a better job than most of the recent hosts.

1077 days ago
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Beetlejuice    

Good for Eddie, the Oscars have been a snooze fest, was looking forward to Eddie, screw the Academy. BTW Ratner was great on Howard Stern this week, maybe thats why he was forced out.

1077 days ago
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Mark Ebner    

The LBGTs of this world should appreciate this Eddie Murphy rewind. I give you...The Bagman - http://www.hollywoodinterrupted.com/2006/03/23/the-bagman/

1077 days ago
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