(Via Yahoo Movies)
"Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the Oscar ceremony, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday.
The decision came a day after his friend Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the telecast in the wake of his making offensive public remarks that upset AMPAS members.
In a statement Murphy said, "I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. 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.""