Eddie Murphy drops out as Oscars host

California:  Funnyman Eddie Murphy has withdrawn his name as the host of the 84th Academy Awards.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced the big news of Eddie Murphy’s withdrawal from the 84th Academy Awards.

“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,” Murphy said.

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

Earlier, Tom Sherak resigned as the producer of next year’s Oscar Awards following
his anti-gay slur during a public interview. Ratner submitted his resignation to Academy President Tom Sherak, who supported the move, saying the comments were “unacceptable”.

“He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself,” Sherak said in a statement.

“Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent,” he added.

Brett Ratner is known for movies like Rush Hour, Family Man and Tower Heist has issued an open letter, saying he would like to “apologise publicly and unreservedly” for “the hurtful
and stupid things” said by him.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood Highland Center.

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