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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Everything Is Not O-Tay - Eddie Bows Out of Oscars After Ratner's Dismissal - UPDATE: A HOST HAS BEEN NAMED

As if you did not sees this one coming.  Yesterday Bret Ratner "exited" the role of producer after comments he had recently made had come to light.   Today his friend and the star of his most recent film, Tower Heist, Eddie Murphy has also backed out of the show himself as a show of support for Ratner.  

The questionable comments including use of the word "fag" and detailed discussions about his sex life on Howard Stern's SiriusXM program.  In more detail topics covered were his relationships with Lindsay Lohan, masturbation, Olivia Munn, the size of his genitals and more topics that might offend a nun, but are common place on Stern's show.

The Acedemy released the following statement:
Beverly Hills, CA (November 9, 2011) - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well," said Sherak.
Commented Murphy, "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

As a whole this is a huge embarrassment to the Academy that suffered its worst reviews after last year's Anne Hathaway and James Franco debacle - what many call the worst Oscars of all time.  When announced a couple months back, Eddie's decision to host was greeted with great fanfare - creating the most positive buzz the Oscars have had in years and possibly enough to turn around the ratings slide and the public's growing disinterest.  Now only four months before the event they are both host-less and producer-less.  Something tells me this is about the time they dig up Billy Crystal - an eight time host and fan favorite.

The Oscars have been considered to be sliding in prestige and popularity - unless they find a quick and buzz worthy host then the only they may be able to become less popular is rename themselves Qwikster.

My early guesses for hosts:  Ricky Gervais (unless NBC/Golden Globes locked him in), Neil Patrick Harris (a go to guy), Billy Crystal (old reliable), Alec Baldwin (popular SNL host), Conan O'Brien (before TBS he was a big name) or Todd Bridges (everybody loves a comeback.)

According to PageSix  The Academy is considering going with an ensemble of "hot" presenters which is that absolute worst idea of them all.  This is the Academy Awards, The OSCARS, not the Teen Choice Awards or even worse the People's Choice Awards?  They got cold feet after a few "risque" comments were made and lost the best idea for a host in years and are now considering lowering the prestige level monumentally by giving us the "hot" celebs we all have come to know and hate.  Save that for the lowly award shows - have some respect for the best and find one REAL host.  In an era where there are no longer any Johnny Carsons or Bob Hope makes the task much more difficult.  You can't just turn to The Tonight Show any longer and pick a winner host - that is unless Jay Leno is your idea of entertaining - if so you probably always complain "I never heard of any of these films," during every Oscar presentation anyway.

We will see how this all comes together - check back for updates.  My money is on Billy Crystal.

And the host is... Filmsnork, you are never wrong - Billy Crystal.

He wrote, "Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show."

More on this later.


BK said...

It's too bad, but they knew what they were getting with Ratner.

Like someone said, the Oscars have stop having this inferiority complex. Every year, it's the highest rated show on television. It makes a ton of money. Why do they constantly feel like they have to be more hip?

If anything, they're disrespecting their audience by putting fan-friendly films in the running. I was happy to see them cut back from the 10 best picture nominees. Keep things as they are, because contrary to popular belief, the show isn't broken!

Michael said...

It should have been Conan.

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