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Eddie Murphy: I was going to appear at the Oscars

In this file photo of Eddie Murphy, the

In this file photo of Eddie Murphy, the actor attends a premiere of "Tower Heist" in Manhattan. (Oct. 24, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Interesting "Access Hollywood" interview with Eddie Murphy yesterday, and if you missed the show, there was this: He said there was an actual plan for him to turn up on Sunday's show. 

"We thought about it… We were like, ‘Let’s come up with something to do,’ and I guess we never came up with anything,” he said. “But maybe… if they ask me again, maybe I’ll do it… one day.”

Too bad. That would have been a good idea, and certainly a fresh one: "Oh look, ma! The guy who was supposed to host the Oscars is suddenly kind of hosting the Oscars." How could you not make gold out of an Eddie Murphy appearance, even a fleeting one? I dunno, but as usual, the Oscars didn't ask my opinion. 

'Nother good Murphy quote: 

The other award shows -- the Grammys and the American Music Awards -- all those music shows, they pop. So there’s no reason why the Oscars can’t pop too. You’ve got 10 songs that are up for Song of the Year, so you should have killer musical performances and so the show should be moving and Brett had all these ideas about it,” Eddie explained. “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.”


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