Oscars Fiasco: Is Eddie Murphy Sabotaging His Own Career?
The announcement of Eddie Murphy as host of the next Academy Awards renewed interest in the annual broadcast almost immediately. Here was a chance for one of comedy’s biggest talents to shine on a world stage and potentially deliver a very memorable performance and now a month or so later, the opportunity is no more.
Murphy is pulling out as host of the film industry’s night of nights because, it appears, Brett Ratner (who directed him in Tower Heist) is being replaced as the show’s producer. Ratner quipped “rehearsal is for fags” during a recent Q&A session for the movie and was lambasted by the LGBT community to the point where Academy Awards organizers put the heat on him to resign from the gig, which he did earlier this week. The guys are reportedly good friends and almost immediately after Ratner made his decision, Murphy followed suit.
Murphy released a statement regarding the situation that alludes to Ratner’s removal: “First and foremost, I want to say that 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 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.”
Murphy’s fans are lamenting their comic hero’s hasty decision to not host the most watched entertainment special of the year, with many saying he’s sabotaged his own career to show solidarity toward a peer. Whatever the case may be, the production team behind the extravaganza now has only months to find the duo’s replacements.