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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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61.

Carl    

Good luck with that career comeback now Eddie.

993 days ago
62.

Whatever    

Eddie clearly is taking bad advice -- or perhaps no advice at all. The correct career move would have been to honor your commitment to host the Oscars, which would have been classy and separated himeself from his homophobe director friend. Keeping your commitments in Hollywood is as importanty as anywhere else: it helps your career. Hosting the Oscars is a thousand times more important for his career than showing solidarity with some douche who has a loose mouth. Eddie Murphy if you are reading this, recant your Oscar bow-out and get back in there and kill it! It WOULD be very wise and classy to stick with it. (Why would you show solidarity with some guy who still flings around the word "***"?)

993 days ago
63.

ken    

THAT *****AN EDDIE MURPHY SHOULD NEVER BE HOST FOR THE OSCAR. OSCAR IS FOR CLASS WHICH EM LACKS. NOW HE CAN SPEND HIS TIME WITH THE TRANSSEXUAL HOOKERS

993 days ago
64.

Jean    

Cowards and has-beens, both.

993 days ago
65.

THIN LIZZY    

Eddie's standing by his friend. All you guys that say he's washed up, you should go look up how much money that guy's made over the last 15 years. If that's washed up, where do I sign up?

993 days ago
66.

Yamiguru    

I don't give a rat's a$$ what you haters say about Eddie Murphy. He is one funny m0ther******! Now I have one less TV show to watch, no big deal.

993 days ago
67.

Zayna    

Bring back Billy Crystal! The show hasn't been worth much without him anyway!

993 days ago
68.

Susan    

PLEASE, PLEASE bring back Billy. Offer him anything!!!!!

993 days ago
69.

CitySide    

Eddie WHO?????

993 days ago
70.

AG    

I think Eddie was offended, that's why he backed out.

993 days ago
71.

GB2    

So what? Bring back Billy Crystal!!!

993 days ago
72.

sunshinerad    

I'm not sure that was a wise decision.

993 days ago
73.

Carol L    

Can't figure out what one thing should have to do with the other. Ratner has apologized and will go thru the regular routine to redeem himself. But what has that to do with Eddie. Ratner quit the Oscars, not the other way around. I was looking forward to watching Eddie. Hope they get somebody else worth watching.

993 days ago
74.

KnuckleDragger    

Who cares...only the queers watch this boring krap anyway. You wanna know who won...it's all over the talk shows the next day.

993 days ago
75.

bunny    

I dare them to hire Lisa Lampanelli or Kathy Griffin to host their horrible award show.

993 days ago
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