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Eddie Murphy backs out of hosting Academy Awards

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 4:26pm

HOLLYWOOD HOOKUP (FOX44) – Eddie Murphy won't be hosting the Academy Awards this February, after all. The "Tower Heist" actor just backed out today and gave no real reason. But the decision could have something to do with the show’s producer Brett Ratner, who also directed “Tower Heist”. He stepped down after letting a gay slur slip and made crude comments about his sex life. The Academy has not named a replacement for Murphy or Brett Ratner.

– Michael Jackson’s old stuff goes on the auction block next month, including the bed he died in. TMZ reports the bed is in good shape but the linens have been replaced.

– Shakira will live on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, forever. The Colombian song writer just got her own star in front of the W Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. The 34-year-old also received the 2011 Recording Academy Person of the Year award tonight.

– Kate Winslet gets waxed. Her figurine is on display at Madame Tussauds in London.

Winslet’s wax figure is wearing the red dress she wore this year to the Emmy’s.

– And Mariah Carey is the latest Hollywood weight loss success story. Just 6-months after welcoming twins she has dropped 30-pounds. You can read all about it yourself; she's the cover girl for US Weekly.

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