Eddie Murphy quits as Oscars host
Eddie Murphy has bowed out of his role as host of the Oscars following his friend Brett Ratner's decision to leave the show as producer because of an uproar over a gay slur.
The news of Murphy's decision came a day after Ratner quit as producer of the February 26 Academy Awards show.
Ratner left amid criticism of his use of a pejorative term for gay men in a question-and-answer session at a screening of his action comedy Tower Heist, which stars Murphy and Ben Stiller.
Murphy said in a statement issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that he had looked forward to being host at the Oscars but that he understands and supports "each party's decision with regard to a change of producers".
Meanwhile, veteran film and TV producer Brian Grazer has stepped on to the Academy Awards merry-go-round.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Grazer has signed on to produce next year's Oscar show after Brett Ratner abruptly resigned.
Ratner departed the show on Tuesday following uproar over a gay slur.
Academy president Tom Sherak said Grazer will join co-producer Don Mischer, who was named producer alongside Ratner in August.
Mischer, who co-produced the 2011 broadcast, said in a statement that he was "thrilled to welcome Brian Grazer as my partner and that we will be collaborating to produce an outstanding show".