Eddie Murphy has stepped down from hosting next year’s Oscars following Academy Awards producer Brett Ratner’s resignation.

Ratner resigned after coming under fire for making a ‘gay slur’ during a Q&A session about his latest film Tower Heist – which stars his pal Eddie Murphy.

Murphy said: ‘I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.’

BBC News writes Brian Grazer (a producer on Tower Heist funnily enough…) will take over producing duties.

Academy President Tom Sherak said: ‘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.’

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