Speculation has turned to whether Eddie Murphy will remain as host of the upcoming Oscars telecast after the producer who hand-picked him for the job, Brett Ratner, made a hasty exit from the show, CBS News reports.
Ratner was forced out as a co-producer of the broadcast after using an anti-gay slur, as previously reported.
Ratner directed Murphy in the new feature film “Tower Heist” and hand-picked the former “Saturday Night Live” star to host the Academy Awards — a choice that was considered unconventional, the story notes.
Placing Murphy in the host’s job was a way for Ratner to shake things up and for the awards to try to attract younger viewers, the report says.
CBS News adds: “Neither Murphy nor the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which confirmed Ratner’s departure Tuesday, would comment on the host job. TV veteran Don Mischer, who helmed the 2011 broadcast, remains as a telecast producer.”
Tom Sherak, president of the academy, commented on the ouster of Ratner, saying the director "did the right thing for the academy and for himself. … Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable.”