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Comedian Murphy will host the Oscars

IN the tradition of Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, and later Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg, Oscar is going back to its comedy roots with Eddie Murphy as host.

The actor and comedian will host the 84th annual Academy Awards. The last comic to host the show alone was Jon Stewart in 2008. A singing, dancing Hugh Jackman took over in 2009, and in recent years, pairs of actors have helmed the show.

This is Murphy's first time hosting the Academy Awards. He said in a statement that he's "enormously honoured" to join the ranks of the aforementioned Oscar hosts. Murphy was nominated for an Oscar for 2006's Dreamgirls, he did very few interviews and reportedly left the ceremony as soon as his category was announced.