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2012 Oscars Host Picked -- The Unexpected Pick!

0906_oscars_singleSorry James Franco fans!

The actor will not repeat as the host of next year's Academy Awards after his performance was panned by critics and audiences. Neither will his cohost Anne Hathaway.

Instead, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has tapped Eddie Murphy to host the 2012 Awards, which air February 26th on ABC. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to confirm the news.

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," producer Brett Ratner said. "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 [Mischer] and I want to produce in February."

Murphy expressed excitement over the Oscars gig, his first. "I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others."

Comedians have historically hosted the motion picture industry's big night, but Murphy was a somewhat unexpected pick. He was nominated in 2006 for his role in "Dreamgirls," but most of his commercial success in the last decade has come from the "Shrek" franchise.

Whoopi Goldberg works for ABC talk show "The View" and seemed a possible pick, as did Oprah Winfrey. This year, the Academy tried to appeal to younger viewers by tapping hosts Franco and Hathaway, but the duo lacked chemistry.

Are you excited about Eddie Murphy being named the host of the 2012 Academy Awards? Tell TooFab in the comments below!

Comments (15)

JLRN:  1059 days ago

YES!!!!fist pump!!!! injection of real comedy.

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clarkins:  1059 days ago

Good Choice.. he is not uptight actor trying to be funny...

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star123:  1059 days ago

umm..did the acedemy forget when he walked out of the cermony because he didn't win..

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Junaid:  1059 days ago

Eddie is a good choice but I for one would have loved to see Hugh Jackman back !

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The Maharincess of Franistan:  1059 days ago

He's gonna be HILARIOUS!!! Won't miss next year's telecast for sure!

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jensmack:  1059 days ago

I would give anything to see hime host wearing that skin tight, purple outfit he wore in Raw.

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Amber:  1059 days ago

I love Eddie Murphy he is so much better then Anne or James I like them as actors but the sucked at hosting.
But I still think they should get Billy Crystal or Steve Martin or Hugh Jackman!!!

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twcsmom:  1059 days ago

He will be great. He has been around Hollywood a LONG time, has produced some great characters, and I'm sure he will be fantastic!

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beyunkahROX:  1059 days ago

they need to cut the bull****, they picked hom because he's black.

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beyunkahROX:  1059 days ago

they need to cut the bull****, they picked him because he's black & they got criticized for lack of african americans this year.

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susyq3:  1059 days ago

I was hoping to see Neil Patrick Harris hosting. He is hilarious and knows how to keep an audience laughing!

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youthinkyourecute:  1059 days ago

too bad he's not the same comedian from the 80's

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AJE:  1059 days ago

Has been. Was funny. Not funny now.

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CHRYL:  1059 days ago

YESSS-S-S-S-SS-S-S-S-S-S I WILL BE WATCHING

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mariushka:  1058 days ago

I think this was a smart choice by the producers. I'm sure it will be a great performance by Eddie> :)

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