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Who Should Replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars Host? Your Suggestions

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 9th 2011 4:45PM
Who should replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars Host?After a whirlwind of controversy, producer Brett Ratner resigned from his producer post with the Oscars, and now host Eddie Murphy has parted ways with the Academy Awards as well.

UPDATE: Brian Grazer has accepted the job as Oscar producer, replacing Ratner, which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirms. "It's very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career, said Grazer.

There's no word on who will replace Murphy yet ... but that's where you come in.

AOL TV fans on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr have come alive with suggestions, including popular choices like The Muppets and Tina Fey.

Check out some of our favorite suggestions here!

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Eddie Murphy Confirmed as Host of the 2012 Oscars

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 7th 2011 7:30AM
Eddie MurphyIt's all change for the 2012 Oscars as the producers have gone old-school and tapped veteran stand-up and former 'Saturday Night Live' star Eddie Murphy to host next year's 84th Academy Awards. The decision was announced Tuesday by telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer.

It will be Murphy's first time hosting the awards ceremony. The 'Shrek' star, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for 'Dreamgirls,' said of his selection, "I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others."

'Rush Hour' director Ratner said that "Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever. With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances -- especially on stage -- I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February."

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Here's who turned down the Oscars gig

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 4th 2009 6:31PM
OscarAllison told you yesterday that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will host the Oscars in 2010. But you probably guessed that others were considered too, right? Three of the people below turned down the gig. Can you guess who they were?

  • Tina Fey
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Will Ferrell
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Jay Leno
  • Ben Stiller
  • Sean Combs
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • me

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The Daily Show: March 7, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 8th 2006 4:19PM
Jon StewartJon's back on from his Oscars gig. Oh, Jon, how we've missed thee. After putting down his Hollywood sunglasses, cellphone, and Blackberry, Jon talked about the mixed reviews over his performance ("I sucked... and was great!"). He's usually pretty hard on himself (I remember him uttering, "I am a loser" after one of his jokes during the Oscars) so it was good to hear that Jon said that he had a great time. Audience may or may not have enjoyed his performance as host... it all depended on which cutaways you saw (Jamie Foxx laughed it up, Joaquin Phoenix offered nothing but cold stares). Well, for what it's worth, I thought Jon did a fantastic job with what he had. I really loved the "attack ads" that Stephen Colbert voiced. Jon even showed another attack ad that they pulled at the last minute about monkeys in the biz, out of fear of an uprising resulting in a Planet of the Apes world. It's practical thinking.

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