Eddie Murphy Out as Oscars Host

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Next year's Oscar nominations have yet to be announced, but this has: Eddie Murphy has stepped down as host of the 84th Academy Awards, according to reports.

The actor's announcement comes one day after Tower Heist director Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the program. The 50-year-old said in a statement:

"First and foremost, I want to say I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards."

Eddie Murphy Photograph

Murphy went on to say: "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."

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak respected Murphy's decision, saying in a statement: "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well."

Ratner recently came under serious fire for saying "rehearsal is for fags" while promoting Tower Heist. The controversial director also spoke openly about his sex life with actress Olivia Munn, who he claimed to "bang a few times."

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