Eddie Murphy Drops Out as Oscar Host — Who Should Replace Him?

It’s back to the drawing board for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Less than 24 hours after embattled F-bomb dropper Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 2012 Oscar telecast, Eddie Murphy has dropped out as host. 

“I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Academy president Tom Sherak in a statement.

Added 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.”

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125 Comments
  1. PJL says:

    I think Neil Patrick Harris should be on your list.

  2. Michael says:

    I want Hugh Jackman again.

  3. Mel says:

    I would LOVE Jimmy Fallon. Tina and Amy would also kick ass. The academy needs some good, reliable entertainers/comedians to host.

  4. Amanda says:

    How about Neil Patrick Harris, he has proven that he can host award shows.

  5. Debaloo says:

    How about Jimmy Fallon?

    • Karen says:

      That was gonna be my suggestion. He was an awesomely, incredible host at last years Emmy’s (it might also have to do with my huge crush on him!)

  6. lariet50 says:

    NPH! NPH! NPH!

  7. sunny says:

    I always thought they should ask Will Smith. He can sing, he’s funny and he’s been nominated for an Oscar.

  8. KT says:

    Neil Patrick Harris for goodness sake! Or Hugh Jackman.

  9. Alicia says:

    Louis C.K.

  10. Ligya says:

    Robert Downey Jr e Jude Law!!!

  11. Jim says:

    Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres!

  12. JLCOLLINS says:

    Hugh Jackman AND Neil Patrick Harris. That would be awesome.

  13. Annie says:

    They waste so much time on this awards show – Why do they need a host? Just have an actor introduce some clips of the nominees and then announce the winner.

  14. DN says:

    How about some of the most famous ‘B’ actors of all time host together? It could make for great comedy as they crack self-depricating jokes about their careers being the polar opposite of all the nominees.

  15. Georgina says:

    What about Joel McHale, or Neil Patrick Harris? They should be on the list.

  16. Siobhan says:

    Neil Patrick Harris!!!

  17. Annabelle says:

    NPH all the way baby!!!!!

  18. Mads says:

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
    Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law
    Ellen DeGeneres

  19. Linda says:

    Amy Poehler & Tina Fey or Amy Poehler & Will Arnett or Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers :)

  20. tinypplrock says:

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting together would be the best award show everrr!!!! That would be awesome if they hosted together.

  21. Charissa says:

    I also vote for either Neil Patrick Harris or a return of Hugh Jackman.

  22. RD says:

    Personally I don’t think the double header of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin has been bettered.Their chemistry is incredible.

  23. peter says:

    tina fey alone!!!!

  24. Lada says:

    Neil Patrick Harris!!!

  25. annie says:

    Neil Patrick and Hugh teamed together. Duh!!!

  26. Kate says:

    ROBERT DOWNEY JUNIOR FTW!!!

  27. kat says:

    Seriously? No one is sick of NPH hosting stuff? I feel like in the last few years he has gone from this humble, hilarious actor to an arrogant jerk whose jokes tend to appeal to the entitled more than anyone. Awards shows are already so snobby, what a nightmare he or Hugh Jackman would be. Oh, guess what? They are going make jokes about their celebrity friends! And Broadway! And then! They might (definitely will ad nauseum) break into catchy little song and dance numbers written wholly by other people! And it will be soooo unexpected! And crazy! Nope.

  28. Someone said it earlier, so I’ll just remind you:

    Joel McHale.

  29. Laurel says:

    Neil Patrick Harris

  30. Lizzy says:

    NPH or Jimmy Fallon

  31. John says:

    Troy and Abed. In character

  32. Dryden says:

    Get Matt Stone and Trey Parker to run the show and hire NPH to host.

  33. Samantha says:

    Thank gods! I am not a fan and was not looking forward to him! I’d say almost anyone is a better choice!

  34. Emily says:

    I’m with the people who have suggested Neil Patrick Harris and Jimmy Fallon. Possibly the two of them together.

  35. Polly says:

    Neil Patrick Harris or Ricky Gervais

    the best award shows of these last few years were hosted by them.

    • susela says:

      Gervais is better as a presenter; he can come out and be outrageous for three minutes and seem refreshing. But he doesn’t carry a whole show well.

  36. Nasir says:

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be great….

  37. Neil Patrick Harris is awesome, and I would probably tune in for a bit if he were hosting. But I’m sure there are plenty of other people who could do a good job, as well, and he did just host the Tony’s. I don’t really have much of an interest in the show itself, though, so unless the host were someone I really liked, I probably wouldn’t bother watching.

  38. Jon says:

    Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman, period.

  39. Taryn says:

    No Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey or Amy Poehler plz. they are not funny

  40. CCam says:

    Amy Poehler and her hubby Will Arnett!

  41. Saracen Riggins says:

    Ooo, yes – Jimmy Fallon!!!!

  42. Ham says:

    I think dwayne Johnson should host…charming, charisma, funny, and has a ton of live hosting experience inc snl

  43. EvaneSam says:

    Ellen Degeneres or Jimmy Fallon…. Oh, actually I want Rove McManus. That guy’s funny, witty and sexy.

  44. Jake says:

    Aisha Tyler or Maria Bamford

  45. Ella says:

    Bring back Hugh Jackman and bring Neil Patrick Harris to him and you have epic awesomeness – everybody who saw them at Tonys knows how great they are (together or seperately)

  46. AJ says:

    Conan O’Brien. Or Larry David. If you put Wanda Sykes on there you can rule out me watching. Annooying and not funny. At all.

    • Jake says:

      I would take Wanda over O’Brien any day…They need to cancel his dumb ass show..he is not even worth watching.

      • Deniro says:

        Jake, just about every intelligent comedian out there would disagree with you on Conan. He’s one of the funniest and nicest guys in show business. Was an SNL writer when it was funny, as well as the simpsons. There is a reason Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Louie CK, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais, etc. all love to work with him.

        • Jake says:

          And that is fine. I just don’t see why everyone is so gaga over him, I don’t think he is that funny and I try to watch his show but it’s painful.

          • jennrae says:

            Surely TBS is not the only channel you have? You don’t have to like it, but why wish for it to be canceled when it simply being on the air shouldn’t affect you whatsoever?

        • Shindig says:

          Facts vs. Opinions my friend. I don’t find most of the people you mentioned entertaining :/

          Aside from that, I wouldn’t mind Wanda. I wouldn’t mind her as much as half the people on the list anyway

  47. Josh says:

    Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, Paul Rudd and Jason Seigle, Seth Rogen, Steve Carrell, pretty much anybody from the Apatow click.

  48. Melissa says:

    Jimmy Fallon!

  49. pv says:

    Get someone RELEVANT now. Seriously, the Academy has picked awful hosts for too long.

    • jennrae says:

      I think they try to get someone who has broad appeal, since they want the younger demographic without alienating the older people who watch every year. Whoever has been making the decision over the last couple of years has been stunningly out of touch with what’s current, particularly whoever pulled the trigger on Franco and Hathaway.