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Just one day after producer Brett Ratner, who was reportedly influential in making Eddie Murphy the 2012 Academy Awards host, exited as producer, Eddie has stepped down from his role as well.

Deadline Hollywood reports Eddie Murphy has exited his hosting role for the upcoming Academy Awards!  This announcement comes after Brett Ratner (who also just directed Eddie’s new hit movie Tower Heist) stepped down as Co-Producer of the Academy Awards show.

News brokethis week of Brett saying controversial sexual comments about actress Olivia Munn, as well as saying the F-word gay slur.  The 42-year-old used the gay slur during a question-and-answer session at Hollywood’s Arclight cinema last Friday, and again on Howard Stern’s program, to suggest that rehearsals are only for weaklings.  And yesterday he parted ways from his role with the Academy Awards show.

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And apparently, now Eddie has followed.  Here’s the statement form Eddie and the Academy President:

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak.

Commented 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.”

Hmmm something seems fishy here.  Why There is definitely some drama behind this decision and I’m sure it will come out soon…

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