Miss: Oscars debacle

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004146" title="Brett Ratner" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/brett-ratner-PECLB004146.topic">Brett Ratner</a>, left, caused quite a kerfuffle back in November when he used a gay slur while promoting his new movie "Tower Heist." Soon after, he <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/11/brett-ratner-resigns-as-oscar-producer-after-gay-slur.html" target="blank">resigned as producer</a> of the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and his hand-picked host Eddie Murphy, right, quickly 
<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/11/eddie-murphy-out-as-host-of-the-academy-awards.html" target="blank">dropped out</a> too. The academy didn't waste any time finding <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/11/billy-crystal-oscar-host-grazer.html" target="blank">replacements</a>, hiring <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002071" title="Brian Grazer" href="/topic/entertainment/brian-grazer-PECLB002071.topic">Brian Grazer</a> as producer and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001212" title="Billy Crystal" href="/topic/entertainment/billy-crystal-PECLB001212.topic">Billy Crystal</a> as host.

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Brett Ratner, left, caused quite a kerfuffle back in November when he used a gay slur while promoting his new movie "Tower Heist." Soon after, he resigned as producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and his hand-picked host Eddie Murphy, right, quickly dropped out too. The academy didn't waste any time finding replacements, hiring Brian Grazer as producer and Billy Crystal as host.

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