Eddie Murphy Still Wants to Host the Oscars… Some Day

Published by Marcus Reeves on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:00 am.

(Photo: ©Darla Khazei, PacificCoastNews.com)

Seems Eddie Murphy’s desire to host the Oscars has miraculously returned…

The iconic comedic actor expressed to Access Hollywood that the job is still on his bucket list. “It’s still something that I would like to do one day,” he said, “because all the best comics have done it. It’s one of the few things I haven’t done in my 35 years in this business, so I would like to have that be part of my resume as well.”

Funny how that wish wasn’t the motivating factor when the Academy initially expressed an interest in him hosting, and he refused only to finally accept when director Brett Ratner (who directed his last film Tower Heist) was scheduled to helm the Academy Awards. But when Ratner was forced to resign, following his homophobic hiccup before the press, Murphy abruptly resigned from hosting as well, a decision which lead some to believe Murphy, deep down, wasn’t really going to go through with the job because he couldn’t handle the pressure. Thus the conundrum of would Murphy ever host the Oscars—the answer being NO—was solved (especially with him sounding so nonchalant about the matter).

But now—probably amped from watching Billy Crystal host—Murphy wants to discuss the plans he and Ratner had for the ceremony. “The other award shows—the Grammys and the American Music Awards—all those music shows, they pop,” he commented to Access Hollywood. “So there’s no reason why the Oscars can’t pop too. You’ve got 10 songs that are up for Song of the Year, so you should have killer musical performances and so the show should be moving and Brett had all these ideas about it. He was really gonna direct the Oscars … When he finished telling me about it, (I) was like, ‘Yeah! Let’s do it!’ And that’s what I got excited about doing — like a hipper, faster, choppier version of the show.”

Whether Murphy will ever get that chance again is up to the folks at the Academy. But with all of his recent talk about still wanting to get that chance, Eddie needs to finally make a solid decision, for once, and follow through.

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