Completely validating my theory that Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy were chosen to put together the Oscars because someone was drunk and/or high at 2AM and needed a way to laugh and feel rich at the same time, Eddie has also quit hosting the Oscars in a press release straight from the AMPAS right after Brett was fired/given the boot, whichever version of the story you want to believe.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards.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.”
I’m surprised they were able to release a press statement without adding “Please go see Tower Heist! No, really, please go see it. We got our asses handed to us by the talking cat from Shrek for Christ’s sake. We really need you guys to watch our movie. This is pretty much the last stop for us before everyone born after 1990 takes over and we’re back to being the assholes who made Norbit and X-Men: The Last Stand.”