Academy Award producers announced Tuesday that Eddie Murphy will host the 84th annual awards show. The announcement was a surprising one, because the comedic star has been reclusive in the past regarding public appearances. The decision follows a long-standing Oscar tradition to have a single comedian at the helm of the show and represents a push back to those roots. 2011 saw Anne Hathaway and James Franco joint hosting, and Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin the year before that.
Murphy is said to be “enormously honored” to be joining the ranks of such notables as Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Jon Stewart. It is likely that Murphy will select a writing team and contribute his own jokes and material for the event.