March 1st, 2012
05:00 PM ET
Before this year's Oscars ceremony, the Academy was dealt a double whammy: Not only were they out of a producer after Brett Ratner resigned amidst criticism for an anti-gay remark, but they also lost their planned host, Eddie Murphy.
The actor and comedian told CNN that the reason why he withdrew from the job was because Ratner wasn't going to be there to continue with him.
"Initially, I was doing a movie with Brett Ratner, and he was going to produce the show. And we were having such a great time working together, he was like, ‘You know I’m doing the Oscars and I’m doing it this way,' and he had all these great ideas and he was approaching it like a director," Murphy recalled.
He hadn't hosted the show before, so when Ratner extended an invitation for him to lead the Oscars ceremony, Murphy agreed.
So "when they let him go as the producer, I was like, 'That’s who I was coming along with in the first place.'"
Murphy doesn't regret the decision, but he does hope he gets another shot at hosting for the Academy.
"If they were to ask me again I would be open to doing it," he said, "'cause it’s something I hadn’t done, and it’s super prestigious to be able to do that, and a bunch of great comics have done it."
Such as Billy Crystal, who stepped up to the hosting plate for the ninth time this past Sunday.
"I think Billy Crystal did a wonderful job on the Oscars, and I really wish I got the chance to do it, and I hope I get a chance to do it one day," Murphy said, adding that if he were to ever host, he wouldn't be over-the-top.
"I don't think the evening is about the host being extra edgy, or having the show be all about them," he said. "I think you have to do what Billy does. You have to go in and be solid, and you have to be funny, and you have to be smart, and you have to keep the show moving."
Murphy's latest project, "A Thousand Words," opens in theaters March 9.
From around the web
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.