Eddie Murphy: Oscars host quits
Eddie Murphy Oscars: The news of Murphy's departure came Wednesday, a day after pal Brett Ratner quit as producer of the Feb. 26 show.
Eddie¬†Murphy¬†has bowed out of his gig as host of the Academy Awards, following pal Brett Ratner's decision to leave the show as producer because of an uproar over a gay slur.
The news of¬†Murphy's¬†departure came Wednesday, a day after Ratner quit as producer of the Feb. 26 show.
Ratner left amid criticism of his use of a pejorative term for gay men in a question-and-answer session at a screening of his action comedy "Tower Heist," which stars¬†Murphy¬†and Ben Stiller.
Murphy¬†said in a news release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that he had looked forward to playing host at the¬†Oscars¬†but that he understands and supports "each party's decision with regard to a change of producers."