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Eddie Murphy lowers Oscar expectations, aims to be 'worst host ever'

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.

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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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