Eddie Murphy would still like to host the Oscars


Eddie Murphy. (Theo Wargo/GETTY IMAGES)

“It’s still something that I would like to do one day, because all the best comics have done it,” Murphy, who stepped down from the gig in November, told “Access Hollywood.” “It’s one of the few things I haven’t done in my 35 years in this business, so I would like to have that be part of my resume as well.”

Murphy had nothing but kind words about this year’s host Billy Crystal, telling “Access,” “I thought Billy did a wonderful job.” Still, when he spoke to “Extra!”, he did point out a (good) way the show would be different with him as host: “It would be a little quicker with me driving.”

Murphy was originally tapped to host the show when Brett Ratner, his “Tower Heist” director, was producing the Oscars. After Ratner stepped down after a gay slur he made at an event went public, Murphy also resigned from his position.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum told “Access” that Ratner had planned to make the Oscars “pop” this year: “He was really gonna direct the Oscars… When he finished telling me about it, [I] was like, ‘Yeah! Let’s do it!’ and that’s what I got excited about doing – like a hipper, faster, choppier version of the show.”

But alas: the “hipper, faster, choppier” Oscars weren’t in the cards.

So tell me, people who were in favor of Murphy hosting the Oscars: Would you still want to see him host the show? Tell us in the comments.

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