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Eddie Murphy departure sparks Oscars crisis

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By John Glenday | Reporter

November 10, 2011 | 1 min read

Eddie Murphy’s decision to step down as host of the 2012 Oscars ceremony has thrown preparations for the event into further disarray –just 24 hours after the resignation of his creative partner, producer Brett Ratner, over a “fag” remark.

The anti-gay slur was made during question and answer session over his new Tower Heist flick, also starring Murphy, in which he responded to a question about rehearsals by saying: “rehearsing is for fags.”

This prompted a media backlash against the X Men producer who was forced to quit despite making profuse public apologies.

In a statement Murphy said: "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."

The Oscars take place next year on February 26.

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