The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday announced that Billy Crystal had been chosen to host the Academy Awards ceremony. Actor Eddie Murphy resigned as host following Brett Ratner's resignation as producer after being criticized for using an anti-gay slur.
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.