Just hours after Eddie Murphy quit as host of 2012’s 84th Academy Awards, it seems there’s a glimmer of a chance that he could be persuaded back. That’s because Brian Grazer, who has worked with Murphy recently, has reportedly signed up to take the producing gig recently vacated by Brett Ratner.
Brian Grazer is a big name in Hollywood, having worked on films such as The Da Vinci Code and J Edgar. Whether he can pull together an Academy Awards show in just over three months is another matter, but his first job will be to decide who will get the job of hosting the show.
When news broke of Eddie Murphy’s decision to quit, many people on Twitter instantly assumed that the Academy would turn to a ‘safe pair of hands’ such as Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg in order to get the event moving ahead. A decision about a new host is expected soon.