We just heard a serious rumor- and after calling several inside sources that have confirmed- we can state that comedian and actor Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012!
As you may already know this is the first time Murphy will be on stage performing any type of comedy since his Raw comedy tour that eventually became a film of the same title in 1987. Murphy, who is by far the world’s biggest comedic actor, has never hosted the Academy Awards before and hasn’t even been on stage in over 20 years. With these facts, its safe to say that comedy fans all over the world who doubted that he would ever get back on stage are in for a huge surprise. Why? Well, word has leaked for several years that Murphy was going to come back to do comedy and he even confirmed this fact with Ellen Degeneres on her day time talk show, Ellen but there were still doubters even after that statement. What better stage then the Academy Awards to showcase to the world that you are coming back and that you still got it? We also heard through our sources that Brett Ratner is producing the Awards (Director of the Rush Hour franchise films and the upcoming Tower Heist that Murphy is in along with Ben Stiller) and that there are going to be several more surprises.
If you haven't heard, comedian Sheryl Underwood has just been added to the talk show titled The Talk! Here is a portion of the article just dropped from Deadline; … also being added is Sheryl Underwood, the African-American stand-up comedienne used to be a regularly syndicated radio personality on the national Tom Joyner Morning Show as well as on the Jamie Foxx channel for Sirius XM satellite radio. She is now a weekly contributor on radio’s Steve Harvey Morning Show. A former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Underwood likes to call herself” a sexually progressive God-fearing black Republican”. (Black GOP-er? CBS went looking for a needle in a haystack…)
L-R: Nick Cannon, Christina Applegate & Mya Rudolph
According to reports, word is that actor, comedian and business mogul Nick Cannon is about to land in a new NBC comedy series titled Up All Night. Not only is he a host on NBC's America's Got Talent, but it looks like Cannon wants to get back into acting in the new series. We hear that the new show revolves around actress Christina Applegate, who is the center of the show. Applegate plays a TV talk show Producer and Mother who along with her husband (Will Arnett) deals with funny moments bought on by her husband and her zany exploits at work. TV Guide reports that Cannon will play Calvin, "the wildly popular co-host to talk show star Ava (Maya Rudolph), who can’t help but be jealous of the attention her energetic sidekick receives.” The show centers on a new Mom and tv talk show producer, played by Christina Applegate, and her husband, played by Will Arnett. Mya Rudolph also co-stars as the talk show star. The show will debut September 14th at 10pm.