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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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The Real JJ    

I'm sick of this politically correct bulls***!! Yes there is a line that shouldn't be crossed, but I don't think Brett crossed it. He said it playfully and was joking and even the crowd laughed. People are just so f***in sensitive it's stupid. Eddie's stickin by his friend instead of doing the Oscars, which I wanted to see.

1022 days ago
17.

sucky    

People are sensitive these days. big deal.

1022 days ago
18.

Jay W.     

"There's a new Sheriff in town... and his name is Reggie Hammond."

1022 days ago
19.

Icebaby... is back dude    

They should get Triumph the insult comic dog or Robin Williams instead! They'll make it worth watching.

1022 days ago
20.

LeeMoney    

Anyone with half a brain knows that this award ceremony is a bunch of crap and has very little to do with quality work being made...just another way they can network, kiss each others asses, and make a few bucks while doing it. Again you are an idiot for even watching. Who cares what think or say-they don't live in the real world.

1022 days ago
21.

LeeMoney    

Anyone with half a brain knows that this award ceremony is a bunch of crap and has very little to do with quality work being made...just another way they can network, kiss each others asses, and make a few bucks while doing it. Again you are an idiot for even watching. Who cares what think or say-they don't live in the real world.

1022 days ago
22.

Sassy    

I see nothing wrong with Eddie's decision. Loyalty over a paycheck - goid for him. People probably would've bitched about his Oscar jokes anyway!

They bitched about Gervais at the Globes and look now at how they want him back again. Hollyweird at its finest. Ratner's comment wasn't even hate speech!

1022 days ago
23.

david    

im so sick of this...if you dont agree with that nasty lifestyle some how your homophobic...its nasty they touch each others sh%#...some people have morals and dont want our kids around that nasty mess...i cant imagine a fart turning someone on and smelling like sex...gross

1022 days ago
24.

Sassy    

Russell, are you on crack? That transsexual fell and died from the injury long after the scandal broke.

1022 days ago
25.

evod    

All this over a word, yet, they have no problem awarding people for writing/producing the most degenerate crap on earth...

1022 days ago
26.

Ronni    

Stupid comment about the "old people." But that's typical for the tiny brains who run TMZ. The Academy should give the hosting and producing gigs to women. They tend not to say horribly offensive, bigoted, sexist and homophobic things with the exception of Sarah Silverman who is, thankfully, out of show business essentially.

1022 days ago
27.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

That stinks!!! I was really looking forward to Eddie hosting. I guess I won't be watching as usual.

1022 days ago
28.

cindy    

Good for you Eddie, stand by your friend. It about time some of these actors finally standing up to these whiney babies!

1022 days ago
29.

petunias816    

i didn't think anyone watched the oscars anymore

1022 days ago
30.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Good for you Eddie, who needs that annual ***fest anyhow? What a self congratulatory made for tv piece of *****e it's been for decades now. YOU NEED STARS for starters, something Homowood hasn't turned out in again DECADES> I'd bet not one American could name all the winners of last years top categories. Hollywood is dead and dying of collective creative and literal HIV AIDS>

1022 days ago
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