Comedian Eddie Murphy on Wednesday announced his resignation as host of the Academy Awards broadcast. Murphy's resignation comes after the resignation of director Brett Ratner as the broadcast's producer following Ratner's use of an anti-gay slur at a public event. Also on Wednesday, producer Brian Grazer was chosen to fill Ratner's position as producer of the show.
It was announced this evening that director Brett Ratner has stepped down as producer of next year’s Oscar telecast following his public use of a anti-gay slur over the weekend, which resulted in widespread anger and immediate discussions with GLAAD. In addition, it has been announced that Ratner will now also work with GLAAD to convene a series of public discussions on LGBT images in Hollywood.
The Obama administration has announced $60 million in additional funding to fight AIDS transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, and a new special envoy to raise global awareness about the disease: Ellen DeGeneres.