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Eddie Murphy’s New Gig

Comedian and actor Eddie Murphy has been chosen to host the Academy Awards in February.

Murphy will be teamed up with Brett Ratner, who will co-produce next year’s ceremony with Don Mischer.

In a statement, Murphy said it was an honor to join the likes of previous Oscar hosts Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg, adding,   ”I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theater as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

In a separate statement, Ratner said, “Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever. With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances — especially on stage — I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”

Eddie Murphy
Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for AFI

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