Eddie Murphy Quits as Oscar Host After Ratner Resigns

Eddie Murphy on the "Today" show (NBC)

Eddie Murphy on the "Today" show (NBC)

Well, that didn’t take long. A day after Brett Ratner resigned from producing next year’s Academy Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has gotten word that host Eddie Murphy has also exited the show.

According to THR, Murphy released this statement: "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."

It stands to reason that Murphy’s departure would happen pretty quickly; after all, Ratner brought his “Tower Heist” star onto the show, and Murphy likely wouldn’t have been persuaded to do the show otherwise. Now, with about four months left before the 84th annual bash, the academy will be looking for both a new producer and host. Do they have Stephen Colbert on speed dial?

Watch Eddie Murphy on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”:

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