Eddie Murphy quits Oscars after glay slur

Comedian Eddie Murphy has pulled out as host of the Oscars, a day after producer Brett Ratner resigned after using a homophobic insult.

Murphy's resignation is being interpreted as a sign of loyalty to his friend Ratner, who he worked with in his latest movie Tower Heist.

Academy president Tom Sherak said: "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well."

Ratner received widespread criticism for using a homophobic slur during a screening of Tower Heist last week.

He also gave a controversial interview to Howard Stern, which included comments about oral sex, masturbation and his sexual conquests - including Lindsay Lohan when she was 19.

Explaining his decision, Murphy 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."

Heavyweight producer Brian Grazer has been drafted in to fill Ratner's shoes as producer, but it's not yet clear if the Academy has a new host in mind.

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