When Brett Ratner was confusingly named the producer of this year's Academy Awards telecast, he quickly silenced the din of head-scratching by nabbing his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy as the show's new host. It was new, it was interesting, and it was an opportunity for Murphy – who actually used to be kinda funny – to boost his visibility and perhaps publicly apologize for Daddy Day Care.
But now that Brett Ratner has resigned from his position due to a homophobic slur, Murphy has strangely followed suit. Obviously Murphy is concerned about losing his key collaborator, but immediately leaving the production looks a lot like a show of support for Ratner, who perhaps shouldn't be supported for some of the weird, dumb things he said in recent interviews, like the whole "banging Olivia Munn before she was Asian" thing.
Murphy tried to deflect those concerns with a statement at Hollywood Reporter, which read as follows:
"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."
This development now leaves the Oscars telecast in a new bind, lacking both a producer and a host. Billy Crystal is staring at his phone as we speak.
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