Eddie Murphy Says He Still Wants To Host The Oscars One Day
Posted on Thu Mar 1, 2012 10:17 AM PDT

emurphyhaiti021111_01_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Eddie Murphy might have resigned from hosting the Oscars this year, but the comedian hopes to add the gig to his resume someday, he revealed while promoting his latest film, A Thousand Words.

"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 that to be part of my resume as well," the Tower Heist actor explained to Access Hollywood.

Murphy backed out of hosting Hollywood's biggest night when Brett Ratner, who was set to direct the show, was replaced by Brian Grazer after he made homophobic comments at a Los Angeles film screening.

Murphy didn't want to continue on without Ratner, who had a vision for the award show that truly appealed to the actor. "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."

Hosting duties were subsequently handed over to veteran Billy Crystal, who nailed the routine just as he has countless times before. There was even talk of having Murphy incorporated into the show in some fashion, but the plan never materialized.

His latest film, A Thousand Words, has him starring alongside sexy Kerry Washington, but it's another sexy lady that has the has the rumor mill churning - Toni Braxton!

Recent reports claimed the funnyman and the "Unbreak My Heart" singer were dating, but don't believe everything you read! "Toni and I are just friends. I went to her show, and we're friends and she's a very, very sweet girl, but we're just friends," Murphy clarified.

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