Eddie Murphy has quit as Oscars host a day after his good pal, this year's chosen producer, Brett Ratner resigned, and a Facebook campaign to have The Muppets take his place is under way.
Rush Hour director Brett stepped down over reactions to a slur he made during an interview last week (4 November) and now his mate and funnyman Eddie, who signed on to present the Academy Awards with Brett as his producer, has followed him out the door.
A statement from Murphy, released on Wednesday morning (9 November), reads, “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 ceremony. 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 Pictures Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak has responded to the news by stating, “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well.”
It's expected that an announcement about a replacement host will be made in the coming days and the Facebook campaign to have The Muppets do the honours is gaining momentum.
The Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Hollywood on 26 February (2012).