Eddie Murphy still wants to host the Oscars one day
Billy Crystal stepped in to fill the void and Murphy watched his comedic work. "I thought Billy did a wonderful job. Billy's done it so many times, he can't not do a good job," he says. "He's really solid at that."
Murphy wanted the show to pop. "The other award shows -- the Grammys and the American Music Awards -- all those music shows, they pop," he says. "So there's no reason why the Oscars can't pop too. You've got 10 songs that are up for Song of the Year, so you should have killer musical performances and so the show should be moving and Brett had all these ideas about it. He was really gonna direct the Oscars... When he finished telling me about it, [I] was like, 'Yeah! Let's do it!' and that's what I got excited about doing - like a hipper, faster, choppier version of the show." We wouldn't have minded that either, Eddie.