Eddie Murphy drops out as Oscars host

Eddie Murphy has quit as host of the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony.

The comedian has followed producer Brett Ratner in leaving the production, with producer Ratner announcing his departure earlier this week.

“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,”Murphy said in a statement. “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 said he supported Ratner in his decision to leave.

“I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” he said.

Source: TV Squad

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