updated 09/06/2011 AT 3:55 PM ET
•originally published 09/06/2011 AT 4:15 PM ET
Eddie Murphy is set to step back into the spotlight in a big way: He’s agreed to take on hosting duties at the Oscars next February.
“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” telecast producer Brett Ratner says. “I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show.”
– Sara Hammel