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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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91.

pattycake    

Grazer sucks... get ready for a snooze fest with Opie and the gang

1025 days ago
92.

Gena     

BRING BACK BILLY CRYSTAL!!!!

1025 days ago
93.

Jason    

I say yes tick with the older crowd. The newer crowd still needs to grow up a little before they can handle that kind of a show.

1024 days ago
94.

Nothingchanges    

GOOD! Two more homophobes bite the dust!!

1023 days ago
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Nothingchanges    

GOOD!! Two more homophobes bite the dust!!

1023 days ago
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