Eddie-Murphy.jpgWhen producer Brett Ratner decided not to produce the Oscars, potential host Eddie Murphy stepped down with him. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t love to host again one day. He tells Access Hollywood, “It’s still something that I would like to do one day, because all the
best comics have done it. 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.”

Billy Crystal stepped in to fill the void and Murphy watched his comedic work. “I thought Billy did a wonderful job. Billy’s done it so many times, he
can’t not do a good job,” he says. “He’s really solid at that.”

Murphy wanted the show to pop. “The other award shows — the Grammys and the American Music Awards — all
those music shows, they pop,” he says. “So there’s no reason why the Oscars can’t
pop too. You’ve got 10 songs that are up for Song of the Year, so you
should have killer musical performances and so the show should be moving
and Brett had all these ideas about it. 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.” We wouldn’t have minded that either, Eddie.