November 10th, 2011
10:13 AM ET
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is re-building their 84th Academy Awards ceremony with Brian Grazer as the new co-producer.
The awards show is starting back at the drawing board after the former co-producer, Brett Ratner, resigned amidst criticism drawn from an anti-gay remark he'd made, and the show's host Eddie Murphy has quit as well.
Murphy said in a statement on Wednesday that he "completely" understands and supports "each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony, "but that he's "sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."
We still don't know who will take on the hosting duties, although Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are a popular suggestion. (We also know Robin Williams isn't interested, as he told Moviefone that he isn't intrigued by the thought of doing it again.)
In the meantime, veteran producer Grazer will be overseeing the ceremony alongside Don Mischer. Says Academy president Tom Sherak, "Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work. He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars."
What do you think of Grazer as the replacement producer? And how can we make the Muppets-for-Oscars-host thing happen?
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