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Billy Crystal steps in to host Oscars after gay slur row

LOS ANGELES — Oscars veteran Billy Crystal stepped in Thursday to host this year’s Academy Awards show, after actor Eddie Murphy pulled out following a row over a producer’s anti-gay comments. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hailed Crystal — who has hosted the top Hollywood awards eight…

Eddie Murphy bows out as Oscar host

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Eddie Murphy bowed out on Wednesday as host of the upcoming Oscars, one day after producer Brett Ratner who had lured Murphy into the role also exited following an uproar over his use of a gay slur. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett…

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