Eddie Murphy chose to drop out as host of the Oscars after Ratner’s resignation as producer of the show.
Eddie Murphy quit Wednesday as host of this year’s Oscars, a day after the producer resigned over anti-gay comments, leaving organizers scrambling three months before the awards season climax.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak announced Murphy’s departure a day after producer Brett Ratner — director of current box office hit “Tower Heist,” in which Murphy stars — quit as producer of the February show.
“I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” Sherak said in a statement.
Murphy said: “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 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,” he added in the Oscars statement.
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