With Eddie Murphy out as host of the 2012 Oscars, industry folks in Hollywood and beyond have been dropping names, acts and past hosts as possible candidates.

On Wednesday, Murphy, 50, resigned from his hosting duties less than one day after producer Brett Ratner dropped out.

I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our own production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job, Murphy said in a statement.

The day before, Ratner, 42, officially left his producer role after being criticized for an anti-gay slur comment he made during a recent Q&A session for a film. He then followed with an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, where he discussed his sex life in great detail.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was quick to replace Ratner's post, announcing Brian Grazer as the new producer.

It's very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career, Grazer said in a statement on Wednesday.

With the 84th Academy Awards some four months away, the Academy and Grazer are scrambling last minute for a host, allowing enough time for joke writing and to come up with ways to boost up the show's ratings.

The 2011 Academy Awards, hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, decreased in viewers by 12 percent, with only 37.6 million tuning in. The year before, more than 41 million viewers watched The Hurt Locker take home Best Picture.

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