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:

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Say this for Eddie Murphy: he couldn't be worse than last year's hosts.

Sources tell Deadline that the Academy Awards braintrust will meet this Tuesday to consider the man or woman who will emcee Hollywood's biggest night in 2012 and producer Brett Ratner will start with one name atop his list: Murphy.

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Take this rumor with a grain of salt much bigger than the box office haul of any Eddie Murphy movie over the last decade.

Great Britain's The Sun claims the comedian has agreed to play The Riddler in the next Batman film, which is scheduled for a 2010 release under the tentative name Gotham.

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