Last night’s Movie News After Dark column reported the news that Brett Ratner was forced to resign from being the producer of this year’s Academy Awards telecast due to publicly making some homophobic comments that offended a number of people who viewed them as hate speech, and disgusted everyone else who viewed them as sobering proof that there are still men in their 40s who talk like 15-year-old kids trying to impress their friends while drinking Slurpees in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven. The news that Ratner would be stepping down as producer was viewed as a negative to absolutely no one.

But there has now been some collateral damage from Ratner’s exit that’s bound to bum some people out. In the wake of Ratner’s resignation The Academy has made an announcement that Eddie Murphy has stepped down as the host of the show as well. It seems that Eddie feels that a new producer would be better off stepping into a completely fresh situation with their own host rather than trying to continue work on what had already been done, because when asked about his decision he said, “First and foremost I want to say that 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.” Academy President Tom Sherak gave his organization’s official stance on the change by saying, “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well.”

Despite his string of unwatchable films in recent years, Murphy is still a beloved live performer, so I’m sure that many people will be disappointed by the news that he will no longer be involved in this year’s ceremony. But one group of people who don’t share that disappointment is the Twitter movement @MuppetOscars, who before the Ratner and Murphy announcements were heavily campaigning to make The Muppets the hosts of this year’s awards. All it took was one faux-toughguy comment from the show’s producer to blow up in his face, and now Fozzie Bear has another shot to kill on the biggest stage of them all. Spread the word, people.

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