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Eddie Murphy on Oscars

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Eddie Murphy joked to Entertainment Tonight that he intends to be the worst Oscar host in history. “It’s just going to be [me] introducing people and looking straight on [the camera],” said Murphy. “And I’m going to wear a powdered sky-blue tuxedo, and at the end of the evening, I’m going to urinate on myself in front of a billion people. Just letting you know, the worst host ever.”

Funny. Ish. But what was more revealing during a promotional interview for Tower Heist — alongside Ben Stiller, producer Brian Grazer, and director and Oscar producer Bret Ratner — was Murphy’s revelation that hosting the Oscars was his idea. “The conversation came up about who would host and [Ratner] was saying different names,” recalled Murphy. “And I was like, you know, if I hosted that show, it would probably get nice little chatter for our movie before the movie came out — that I was hosting the Oscars. … And that’s kind of how it happened.” Watch the clip below.

Has Murphy sufficiently lowered expectations, as Stiller suggested? And should we count on Murphy co-opting other gags from Dumb & Dumber on Oscar night? (Jeff Daniels’ Harry Dunne not only had great fashion sense, but he also had some bathroom issues.)

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