Eddie Murphy to Host 2012 Oscars

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For the first time ever, Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars.

Eddie Murphy can add one more gig to his already impressive 30-year career. He’s set to host the 2012 Academy Awards — his first time ever!

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The show’s producer, Brett Ratner, is very excited about having the legendary comedian on the telecast. “Eddie  is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers  ever,” said Ratner.

“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.”

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Over the past week, rumors have been swirling about Murphy’s interest in the gig. He’s certainly among our top choices and most definitely a great reason to watch this year’s show.

Tune-in to ABC on Sunday, February 26th to see Murphy take the show to new heights.

Will you be watching?