Eddie Murphy drops out as Oscars host

Eddie Murphy, shown here at the premiere of his new film "Tower Heist," has pulled out of hosting the Academy Awards.

Story highlights

  • Eddie Murphy decides not to host the 84th Academy Awards
  • Brett Ratner, who worked with Murphy on a recent film, made a demeaning remark
  • "Rehearsing is for f*gs," New York Magazine's Vulture Blog quoted Ratner as saying
Eddie Murphy announced Wednesd