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Poll results: Cheers for Eddie Murphy as Oscar host

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The choice of Eddie Murphy as Oscar host gets strong approval in the Awards Tracker poll that went up earlier today. About 64% of respondents said they believe he is a great selection, or at least a satisfactory one, while only 17% (551 votes out of 3,055) replied "Noooooo way."

Nearly half of respondents -- 48% (1,492 votes) –- say Murphy is a "fantastic" choice. Slightly more than 15% (478 votes) say he's an "OK" selection. Other poll options: "Maybe. Let's see if someone comes up with a better idea" (13%) and "I don't feel strongly about Murphy one way or the other" (5%).

Sample reader comments in reply to the poll:

Cari Kotcher: "Yes! No brainer!"

Cliffor Correll: "If Eddie Murphy or Billy Crystal host it's sure to be funny!"

Craig Ballard: "Too bad he wasn't cast to host it during the apex of his career. Regardless, he couldn't be worse than any of his predecessors."

Ray Zirkle: "Eddie Murphy stopped being funny in a 'live' situation 20 years ago. If it was the Eddie from 'SNL' or 'Beverly Hills Cop' then."

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Eddie Murphy in "Dreamgirls." Credit: DreamWorks


Eddie Murphy to receive Comedy Icon Award at first annual Comedy Awards

Eddie murphy Eddie Murphy will be the inaugural recipient of the Comedy Icon Award at the first Comedy Awards, which will be presented April 10 on multiple MTV Networks outlets, including Comedy Central, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Nick at Nite.

Murphy, who got his start on "Saturday Night Live" and made his film debut in 1982's "48 HRS," will be honored for his work in stand-up, sketches, film and television.

"Eddie Murphy's impact in the world of comedy is immeasurable," Casey Patterson, an executive producer at MTV Networks Entertainment Group, said in a statement Monday. "From the characters he created on 'SNL,' to his groundbreaking stand-up performances and unforgettable film roles, Murphy changed the game forever.''

Several presenters and attendees were also announced Monday, including Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Matt Stone, Stephen Colbert and Kristen Wiig.

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-- Susan King

Photo: Eddie Murphy in 1983. Credit: Entertainment Studios / Anchor Bay Entertainment



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