Your New Oscars Host: Eddie Murphy

He gets the nod for telecast in February
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2011 3:20 PM CDT
Eddie Murphy speaks at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The rumor mill proved true this time: Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars in February, reports the Huffington Post. One connection that likely helped, as noted by Deadline: This year's show is being produced by Brett Ratner, who directed the soon-to-open movie Tower Heist, starring Murphy and Ben Stiller. Murphy also reportedly is a huge fan of the Oscars and movies in general, and he's got plenty of experience handling a live audience from his stand-up and SNL days. Click to read one Salon blogger's take on why this is a great pick. (Last year's co-host, James Franco, didn't go over so well with critics.)

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