The official Murphy announcement: Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy, whose performing career spans movies, television and the stage, will host this year’s Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 26, 2012, telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced today. This will be Murphy’s first hosting stint on the Oscars.
“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said Ratner. “With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances – especially on stage – I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”
Mischer commented: “Eddie is a truly ground-breaking performer whose amazingly diverse array of roles has won him a devoted audience of all ages. His quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host.”
“I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts, from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others,” said Murphy. “I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre, as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”
The official Regis word: This morning, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” co-host Regis Philbin announced that his last day on the program will be Friday, November 18, 2011.
Philbin made the announcement live on the air during today’s “Host Chat” segment. Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa kicked off the home stretch of their partnership this week, the final months before Philbin leaves the top morning show. LIVE is marking the departure of the Emmy-winning host with the “Regis Farewell Celebration Season,” a heartfelt, not-to-be-missed commemoration of Philbin’s years on LIVE.
Philbin took LIVE from its early days as a local New York City program to its present-day status as one of the most successful talk shows ever in daytime television. The “Regis Farewell Celebration Season” will be a fitting tribute to the iconic co-host who has helmed the program from the very beginning. Throughout the fall, LIVE will showcase Philbin’s top moments, classic memories many viewers will remember and the most entertaining highlights from the past 28 seasons of LIVE.
Favorite guests will return for one last sit down with the one-of-a-kind team of Philbin and Ripa, sharing their personal recollections of years of visits to the show. In addition, dozens of celebrities have chimed in to send special messages and remember the times they’ve shared on LIVE with the indefatigable host.
As for Ben: Millions of viewers shared the heartbreak of Ben Flajnik (pronounced Flannick) when his soulful and heartfelt proposal was rejected by Ashley Hebert in the emotional finale of last season’s “The Bachelorette.” Now Ben is ready to put all the disappointment and hurt behind him in order to move on with his life, his phenomenal success as a businessman and his search for the right woman to be his wife and to start a family with, as he stars in the next edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series, “The Bachelor,” when it returns to ABC in January 2012.
The 28-year-old bachelor has fallen in love three times (Ashley being the third), but has only proposed the one time; that one failed proposal won’t stop him from trying again. He is confident that, having found love on “The Bachelorette,” he will find his soul mate and a lasting, love-filled relationship this time on “The Bachelor.”