Eddie Murphy, the star of the new film Tower Heist, has dropped out as host of the Academy Awards just one day after producer Brett Ratner, the director of the new film Tower Heist, exited as producer of the Academy Awards. Ratner made anti-gay slurs while promoting Heist as well as other controversial comments while on the Howard Stern Sirius XM show. While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scrambles to find a new producer, here are some suggestions as to who could replace Eddie Murphy.
Crystal has hosted the Oscars numerous times, and brought home respectable ratings most of the time. He’s funny, likable, and up to the challenge.
Baldwin is an actor first, not a comedian, but he’s quick-witted and funny. But is he strong enough to keep a three hour show moving?
The Bravo executive/talk show host has done well hosting pageants for Bravo’s mother network, NBC. One major minus is that he has nothing to do with films. Oh well. He’s still funny.
She’s a movie star who’s won an Oscar and has experience hosting the show. Plus, she’s an ABC star thanks to The View. Seems like a done deal to me.
He needs a job, and think of the ratings he would bring.
UPDATE: The Academy announced late today that Billy Crystal will host the show. Sorry, Charlie.