Eddie Murphy Drops Oscar Hosting Gig, Billy Crystal Picks It Up

Eddie Murphy was asked about his return to the Oscars, which he was meant to host in February, in his Rolling Stone interview with Mark Seliger. He replied:

“There’s no pressure. It ain’t about me that night, it’s about the Oscars and making the show move smoothly. It’s not ‘And now ladies and gentlemen , the 2012 version of my ice cream bit, sit back and relax. I want some ice cream… In closing ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to say, ‘Goonie goo goo.’ Thank you very much!’ I don’t think it’s going to be anything like that.” 

 But maybe Eddie Murphy spoke too soon about their being “no pressure,” because on Wednesday he dropped out of the hosting gig, not long after his buddy/Tower Heist director Brett Ratner was fired as a producer after he said that “rehearsal is for fags.” 

Good thing Billy Crystal was there to clean up after these loose Hollywood cannons. He announced today on Twitter that he will be hosting the 2012 Academy Awards for the 9th time.

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