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Eddie Murphy out as Oscar host!

4 years agoby:

Wow, I thought this had a slim chance of happening, but I didn’t think it actually would. After Brett Ratner resigned his position as producer for this year's Oscars for saying “fag” on Howard Stern and just being a general douchebag, it was unclear if Eddie Murphy would follow him out and either be let go or walk away from his hosting duties.

Breaking news in Hollywood is that yes, Murphy is out as host. As it turns out, he really wanted to work with Ratner and this is being reported as his decision. Says Murphy:

“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.”

And the Academy president is fine with that:

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

Seriously? You’re going to give up hosting the Oscars because your idiot friend got caught running his mouth? Murphy has made many bad career decisions as of late, but leaving the Oscars as a sign of solidarity for Brett Ratner has to be chief among them.

For me, this isn’t that big of a loss. After seeing what happens when Ratner and Murphy team up during TOWER HEIST, I can’t say it had me itching to see more.

What do you make of this? And who should host now?

Extra Tidbit: I vote Louis CK. Most awkward, hilarious Oscars ever.
Source: Deadline

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2:41PM on 11/09/2011
Murphy needs to find better friends.
Murphy needs to find better friends.
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3:25PM on 11/09/2011
Stephen Colbert in character.
You're a fag if you disagree.
I like to apologize for my slur and will be resigning as regular JoBlo poster.
Stephen Colbert in character.
You're a fag if you disagree.
I like to apologize for my slur and will be resigning as regular JoBlo poster.
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5:08PM on 11/09/2011

Neil Patrick Harris should host

the Oscars, if only for the colossal irony. And yeah, he's also a great showman.
the Oscars, if only for the colossal irony. And yeah, he's also a great showman.
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5:24PM on 11/09/2011
Sorry NPH is ghey, he's not funny.
Sorry NPH is ghey, he's not funny.
7:14PM on 11/09/2011
@halflife: Your argument is the "gheyest" thing here. What the hell does that even mean? I don't speak troll so you gotta help me out.
@halflife: Your argument is the "gheyest" thing here. What the hell does that even mean? I don't speak troll so you gotta help me out.
10:15PM on 11/09/2011
Hey Halflife: got a problem with gays?


You never know who's on this site.
Hey Halflife: got a problem with gays?


You never know who's on this site.
6:14PM on 11/09/2011

His loss

I'm sorry Eddie. At this point your bombs are outweighing your hits. You could have used a boost like this.
I'm sorry Eddie. At this point your bombs are outweighing your hits. You could have used a boost like this.
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3:11PM on 11/09/2011

Let Ricky host it...

Let a comedian with balls and real friends get up there and give us a hell of a show.
Just keep circling the drain Eddie. If Brett stuck an ice pick in his eye, would you do the same? Cause you just kinda did.
Let a comedian with balls and real friends get up there and give us a hell of a show.
Just keep circling the drain Eddie. If Brett stuck an ice pick in his eye, would you do the same? Cause you just kinda did.
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2:39PM on 11/09/2011
oh eddie what happened to you? the 1980's will never return and you woulnt either.
oh eddie what happened to you? the 1980's will never return and you woulnt either.
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3:40PM on 11/09/2011
Really Eddie? A dude best known for making the RUSH HOUR movies, "nailing" Olivia Munn, masturbating with shrimp sauce and dropping the f-bomb on Howard Stern is leaving the Oscars and you feel as though you can't do it without him? Huh.

Always thought you was a REAL STAR who doesn't need someone else to make him what he is, but I guess not.

Lame.

PS: I'd like to see Jimmy Kimmel hosting. Or Louis CK.
Really Eddie? A dude best known for making the RUSH HOUR movies, "nailing" Olivia Munn, masturbating with shrimp sauce and dropping the f-bomb on Howard Stern is leaving the Oscars and you feel as though you can't do it without him? Huh.

Always thought you was a REAL STAR who doesn't need someone else to make him what he is, but I guess not.

Lame.

PS: I'd like to see Jimmy Kimmel hosting. Or Louis CK.
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7:36PM on 11/09/2011
You bore me.
You bore me.
8:32PM on 11/09/2011
@chambc: Don't you have some winter hibernation to prepare for?
@chambc: Don't you have some winter hibernation to prepare for?
6:36PM on 11/09/2011
Dear Mr. Murphy,

I was excited about you doing SOMETHING for the first time in many years. Out of the deep respect for who you were, I won't write you off completely, but this is just a terrible decision on your part. Seriously, what else are you going to be doing on Oscar night?
Dear Mr. Murphy,

I was excited about you doing SOMETHING for the first time in many years. Out of the deep respect for who you were, I won't write you off completely, but this is just a terrible decision on your part. Seriously, what else are you going to be doing on Oscar night?
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3:51PM on 11/09/2011
C.K. would be awesome. Just him talking about all the nominees he's jerked off to. Would be comedy gold.
C.K. would be awesome. Just him talking about all the nominees he's jerked off to. Would be comedy gold.
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3:49PM on 11/09/2011

It's all kind of ironic, isn't it?

I find it somewhat ironic that Eddie is leaving because Ratner resigned for using the word "fag." That word was used approximately 2,342 times in his "Raw" standup special - the standup special that, for many of us, was what seemed so exciting about Murphy returning to the stage.

People get so hung up on words. Words are words. I know tons of people who use the word "fag" because they grew up with it having a certain connotation. Doesn't mean they hate gays. I understand that it may be a
I find it somewhat ironic that Eddie is leaving because Ratner resigned for using the word "fag." That word was used approximately 2,342 times in his "Raw" standup special - the standup special that, for many of us, was what seemed so exciting about Murphy returning to the stage.

People get so hung up on words. Words are words. I know tons of people who use the word "fag" because they grew up with it having a certain connotation. Doesn't mean they hate gays. I understand that it may be a sensitive word to use and isn't ideal, BUT I don't think Ratner meant it in that way when he used it. As I said in another comment on this site, the real issue I had was Ratner's general douchiness on the Howard Stern show - not that he used a word. People get so P.C. nowadays - everyone's citing his usage of the word instead of citing the fact that he's just a huge toolbag.

Re: extra tidbid - the irony of using Louis C.K. to host the Oscars would be great, considering one of his most famous bits is how he loves to use the word "fag."
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4:25PM on 11/09/2011
That's pretty much the big problem here. Ratner is a big prick and he's dragging Murphy down out of loyalty. I respect a person's loyalty towards someone, but make it with a person who is actually a respectable human being and not a dickhead like Ratner.
That's pretty much the big problem here. Ratner is a big prick and he's dragging Murphy down out of loyalty. I respect a person's loyalty towards someone, but make it with a person who is actually a respectable human being and not a dickhead like Ratner.
5:28PM on 11/09/2011
1. Eddie Murphy is not leaving because of the word FAG, he's leaving because Ratner is out, not because of what he said.

2. Look up the definition of Ironic.
1. Eddie Murphy is not leaving because of the word FAG, he's leaving because Ratner is out, not because of what he said.

2. Look up the definition of Ironic.
6:19PM on 11/09/2011
@ halflife: trace the steps. Ratner resigned why? Because, amidst other comments, he used the word "fag" and came under fire for it. That's why I said Murphy left because of him using the word. Yes, Murphy left because Ratner resigned, but the reason Ratner resigned was due to the usage of that word. I didn't think I'd have to trace the logic in such a detailed manner because Tassi provided a recap of Ratner's reasons for leaving above. However, I guess you need everything spelled out for you,
@ halflife: trace the steps. Ratner resigned why? Because, amidst other comments, he used the word "fag" and came under fire for it. That's why I said Murphy left because of him using the word. Yes, Murphy left because Ratner resigned, but the reason Ratner resigned was due to the usage of that word. I didn't think I'd have to trace the logic in such a detailed manner because Tassi provided a recap of Ratner's reasons for leaving above. However, I guess you need everything spelled out for you, so there you go. That was my thought process.

Also, I'm aware of the definition of "Ironic." Thanks for the attempt at being a smartass, though.
7:15PM on 11/09/2011
@filmaddict: hallife is just being as he so eloquently puts it "ghey".
@filmaddict: hallife is just being as he so eloquently puts it "ghey".
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4:46PM on 11/09/2011
If you want a guaranteed smart hilarious Oscar host, get Stephen Colbert.
If you want a guaranteed smart hilarious Oscar host, get Stephen Colbert.
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3:42PM on 11/09/2011
Ideally, I'd say Craig Ferguson, as long as he gets to write his own material. Bruce Villanche's mess of a script year after year is really what kills the Oscars.
If not Craig Ferguson, then Ricky Gervasis. I honestly dug his Golden Globes hosting stint, even if his bosses didn't.
Ideally, I'd say Craig Ferguson, as long as he gets to write his own material. Bruce Villanche's mess of a script year after year is really what kills the Oscars.
If not Craig Ferguson, then Ricky Gervasis. I honestly dug his Golden Globes hosting stint, even if his bosses didn't.
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6:40PM on 11/09/2011
This is good, he can put all of his focus now on Meet Dave 2.....
This is good, he can put all of his focus now on Meet Dave 2.....
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6:43PM on 11/09/2011
Not to mention The Return of Pluto Nash!
Not to mention The Return of Pluto Nash!
6:50PM on 11/09/2011
Coming to America Again?
Coming to America Again?
5:07PM on 11/09/2011

Scared s**tless

Eddie was talked into doing this by Ratner. The man hasn't been on a stage for longer than 10 minutes since 1988. I can't say I'm surprised he bailed since I'm sure he was sweating the whole thing.
Eddie was talked into doing this by Ratner. The man hasn't been on a stage for longer than 10 minutes since 1988. I can't say I'm surprised he bailed since I'm sure he was sweating the whole thing.
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3:18PM on 11/09/2011
Billy Crystal.
Clearly.
Billy Crystal.
Clearly.
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2:37PM on 11/09/2011
Saw that one coming.
Saw that one coming.
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1:32AM on 11/10/2011

creativity lacking

why try to make the Oscars funny, the bad jokes, & fake laughs get tiresome each year. Make it memorable in other ways, via elegance, historical, educational (movie based of course), & have someone respected in the theatrical world host it. Or maybe reunite an old onscreen duo? I really don't know, but for the amount of money, & creative resources available I'm sure they can come up with something
why try to make the Oscars funny, the bad jokes, & fake laughs get tiresome each year. Make it memorable in other ways, via elegance, historical, educational (movie based of course), & have someone respected in the theatrical world host it. Or maybe reunite an old onscreen duo? I really don't know, but for the amount of money, & creative resources available I'm sure they can come up with something
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8:42PM on 11/09/2011

Ricky Gervais!

Seriously, call him now!
Seriously, call him now!
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6:54PM on 11/09/2011

Listen to all the fucks the world gives...

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2:56PM on 11/09/2011
Can't say I'm surprised, but I am disappointed. The Oscars can be a make-or-break affair with hosts. America, beyond the Broadway crowd, learned what a showman Hugh Jackman really is, Steve Martin's best recent work is at the Oscars, and everyone was in loe with James Franco...until the Oscars. Having said that, the last time Eddie Murphy's career looked like it was in for a shake-up he got nominated for "Dreamgirls" only to lose, and then come out with "Norbit" only one month later.

Brett
Can't say I'm surprised, but I am disappointed. The Oscars can be a make-or-break affair with hosts. America, beyond the Broadway crowd, learned what a showman Hugh Jackman really is, Steve Martin's best recent work is at the Oscars, and everyone was in loe with James Franco...until the Oscars. Having said that, the last time Eddie Murphy's career looked like it was in for a shake-up he got nominated for "Dreamgirls" only to lose, and then come out with "Norbit" only one month later.

Brett was the reason he got the gig, which really is too bad. Because if it were just incidental, maybe he'd still be the host.
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9:57PM on 11/09/2011
I want Ian McShane as Al Swearengen from Deadwood to host..... Yes that's right Al Fucking Swearengen. Could you imagine the fuckin stage presence. He'd own that stage. " Well well well look what we have here.... All these fuckin hoople heads have crawled out from under their rocks just to see me. Fuck you all for the limberdick cocksuckers that you are..... Oh and welcome to the FUCKING Oscars.".

Yes I think that would rock. :-)
I want Ian McShane as Al Swearengen from Deadwood to host..... Yes that's right Al Fucking Swearengen. Could you imagine the fuckin stage presence. He'd own that stage. " Well well well look what we have here.... All these fuckin hoople heads have crawled out from under their rocks just to see me. Fuck you all for the limberdick cocksuckers that you are..... Oh and welcome to the FUCKING Oscars.".

Yes I think that would rock. :-)
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5:38PM on 11/09/2011
The Oscars has by far the worst line up of jokes in televised broadcasting. The jokes have gotten so bad you start to think the host is going to start saying knock knock jokes. I happy he is leaving.
The Oscars has by far the worst line up of jokes in televised broadcasting. The jokes have gotten so bad you start to think the host is going to start saying knock knock jokes. I happy he is leaving.
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10:14PM on 11/09/2011

Pick really random people!

Will Ferrell! Colin Ferrell! Keanu Reeves! Chris Evans! Samuel L. Jackson! Morgan Freeman! Marion Cotillard! Matt Stone and Trey Parker! Richard Roeper! Liam Neesen! Rutger Haur! The Harry Potter kids! Hugh LAURIE! Hugh Jackman! George Clooney! Arnold Schwarzenegger! Clive Owen! George Lucas! Some guy named Geoffrey! Richard Hatch! Ghostface Killah! Kate Winslet! Chow-Yan Fat! Daniel Day Lewis! Larence Fishburne! Billy Boyd! Christian Bale! RDJ! Michael Clarke Duncan! Ryan Reynolds! Tom Cruise!
Will Ferrell! Colin Ferrell! Keanu Reeves! Chris Evans! Samuel L. Jackson! Morgan Freeman! Marion Cotillard! Matt Stone and Trey Parker! Richard Roeper! Liam Neesen! Rutger Haur! The Harry Potter kids! Hugh LAURIE! Hugh Jackman! George Clooney! Arnold Schwarzenegger! Clive Owen! George Lucas! Some guy named Geoffrey! Richard Hatch! Ghostface Killah! Kate Winslet! Chow-Yan Fat! Daniel Day Lewis! Larence Fishburne! Billy Boyd! Christian Bale! RDJ! Michael Clarke Duncan! Ryan Reynolds! Tom Cruise! John Travolta! Robin Williams! Eugene Levi! The possibilities are endless!
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9:30PM on 11/09/2011
Gizmodo is rallying for the Muppets to Host. [link]
Gizmodo is rallying for the Muppets to Host. [link]
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6:00PM on 11/09/2011
STEPHEN COLBERT
STEPHEN COLBERT
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9:17PM on 11/09/2011
AND JON STEWART! :D
AND JON STEWART! :D
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8:57PM on 11/09/2011

The problem with being an Oscar host is...

...it's got to be one of the most criticized jobs in Hollywood. People take it way too seriously and the only parts anyone remembers afterward are the moments when they screw something up. It's not surprising why it's so hard to find celebrities willing to take the job.
...it's got to be one of the most criticized jobs in Hollywood. People take it way too seriously and the only parts anyone remembers afterward are the moments when they screw something up. It's not surprising why it's so hard to find celebrities willing to take the job.
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4:07PM on 11/09/2011

Replacement

Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks.
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3:48PM on 11/09/2011
This whole thing started as a publicity stunt for TOWER HEIST, which blew up in their face due to bad word of mouth. So it makes sense in the words of Joe Pesci that, "these two balloon head mother fucker's" would create some diversion to get out of their original scheme. Its really a shame that Murphy lacks the fortitude to recreate himself after all these years. At his age and current Hollywood stock, I would'nt be putting my money behind an errand boy like Ratner if I were Murphy.
This whole thing started as a publicity stunt for TOWER HEIST, which blew up in their face due to bad word of mouth. So it makes sense in the words of Joe Pesci that, "these two balloon head mother fucker's" would create some diversion to get out of their original scheme. Its really a shame that Murphy lacks the fortitude to recreate himself after all these years. At his age and current Hollywood stock, I would'nt be putting my money behind an errand boy like Ratner if I were Murphy.
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3:34PM on 11/09/2011
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but when I read a headline saying he dropped the f word, how silly of me to assume he said Fuck. But guess these days thats a much more acceptable word than fag.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but when I read a headline saying he dropped the f word, how silly of me to assume he said Fuck. But guess these days thats a much more acceptable word than fag.
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6:23PM on 11/09/2011
i admire both of them for this
billy crystal should host[hes VERY interested by the way]
i admire both of them for this
billy crystal should host[hes VERY interested by the way]
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10:52AM on 11/10/2011

Howard Stern Interview

He didnt say "fag" on The Howard Stern Show. He said that in a different interview. He did deliver a pretty entertaining interview and he was quite honest about his sex life. As I was listening to the interview, I had a feeling that the Academy wouldnt approve once they caught wind of it. Maybe it was self sabotage???
He didnt say "fag" on The Howard Stern Show. He said that in a different interview. He did deliver a pretty entertaining interview and he was quite honest about his sex life. As I was listening to the interview, I had a feeling that the Academy wouldnt approve once they caught wind of it. Maybe it was self sabotage???
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10:13PM on 11/09/2011
Good riddance is all I have to say. I love Eddie Murphy as stand up comedian and he would have been hilarious but with Ratner producing, who knows what could have happened. This yet another questionable career choice from Eddie Murphy. Just because Ratner gave his biggest hit in a while Murphy doesn't owe the guy any thing especially considering Ratner is a major league douchebag. Eddie Murphy needs to chose his loyalties alot more wisely.
Good riddance is all I have to say. I love Eddie Murphy as stand up comedian and he would have been hilarious but with Ratner producing, who knows what could have happened. This yet another questionable career choice from Eddie Murphy. Just because Ratner gave his biggest hit in a while Murphy doesn't owe the guy any thing especially considering Ratner is a major league douchebag. Eddie Murphy needs to chose his loyalties alot more wisely.
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4:00PM on 11/09/2011
Was never that big on Murphy hosting anyway. My vote is for either Steve Carell or Robert Downey Jr. Both are just so inherently likable everytime they're on stage, and itd be nice to have a host we're LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AGAIN after each bit (looking at you Hathaway/Franco).
Was never that big on Murphy hosting anyway. My vote is for either Steve Carell or Robert Downey Jr. Both are just so inherently likable everytime they're on stage, and itd be nice to have a host we're LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AGAIN after each bit (looking at you Hathaway/Franco).
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3:50PM on 11/09/2011
Murphy leaving his first high-profile gig in like ten years voluntarily? Me don't think so.
Murphy leaving his first high-profile gig in like ten years voluntarily? Me don't think so.
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3:04PM on 11/09/2011
it might be a bad choice professionally, but he earns marks in my book for staying loyal to his friends...
it might be a bad choice professionally, but he earns marks in my book for staying loyal to his friends...
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4:26PM on 11/09/2011
This kind of loyalty is more negative than positive. Why be loyal to "friends" that just embarass themselves and you?
This kind of loyalty is more negative than positive. Why be loyal to "friends" that just embarass themselves and you?
4:10PM on 11/09/2011

wtf.

It was going to be spectatualr with Eddie Murphy! As for who will now host, i personally couldn't care-less. Get Shia Lebouf so that he can give the trivia nerds something to talk about; like, him as the young host ever or something.
It was going to be spectatualr with Eddie Murphy! As for who will now host, i personally couldn't care-less. Get Shia Lebouf so that he can give the trivia nerds something to talk about; like, him as the young host ever or something.
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7:33PM on 11/09/2011
Yet again I find another of your articles difficult to read. Proof them, please.
Yet again I find another of your articles difficult to read. Proof them, please.
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8:31PM on 11/09/2011
For someone who dislikes these articles, you sure love hanging around here. I think impersonating someone with actual intelligence is against the law.
For someone who dislikes these articles, you sure love hanging around here. I think impersonating someone with actual intelligence is against the law.
5:53AM on 11/10/2011
Not all articles. Just the ones that read like they've been written by someone with cerebal palsy...
Not all articles. Just the ones that read like they've been written by someone with cerebal palsy...
6:17AM on 11/10/2011
You must be slow...
You must be slow...
7:02AM on 11/12/2011
Shut up, you faceless cunt.
Shut up, you faceless cunt.
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6:15PM on 11/09/2011
Seth McFarlane
Seth McFarlane
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2:48PM on 11/09/2011

Bradlye Cooper should host Oscars!

Bradley Cooper should host oscars or Ryan Gosling or Joseph Gordon-Levitt or someone british or australian!!!
Bradley Cooper should host oscars or Ryan Gosling or Joseph Gordon-Levitt or someone british or australian!!!
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5:24PM on 11/09/2011

No NOT Neil Patrick Harris....

Why do people think this guy is funny, he's GHEY. Not gay, because I know he is, and I don't care. I mean his humor is retarded. How I Met Your Mother is fucking stupid, and he's the dumbest part of the Harold and Kumar movies.
Why do people think this guy is funny, he's GHEY. Not gay, because I know he is, and I don't care. I mean his humor is retarded. How I Met Your Mother is fucking stupid, and he's the dumbest part of the Harold and Kumar movies.
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7:16PM on 11/09/2011
Congratulations, your argument just made you as retarded as Ratner is.
Congratulations, your argument just made you as retarded as Ratner is.
7:34PM on 11/09/2011
I agree. Patrick Harris sucks. Literally.
I agree. Patrick Harris sucks. Literally.
1:11PM on 11/10/2011
Check youtube for when NPH hosted the Tony Awards. He was brilliant. And the mis-spelling "ghey" doesn't fool anyone.
Check youtube for when NPH hosted the Tony Awards. He was brilliant. And the mis-spelling "ghey" doesn't fool anyone.
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