Eddie Murphy, who was slated to host the next Academy Awards show, quit this week in a showing of solidarity. Brett Ratner, one of the producers of the Academy Awards, made a homophobic statement on the Howard Stern show. Ratner, who enraged the LGBT community with his slur, stepped down from his producing role on the Oscars. Ratner and Murphy are very close friends, and so Murphy quit the Oscar-hosting gig in support of his friend. This isn’t the brightest move, given that this hosting job would have reinvigorated Murphy’s flagging career.
Mariah Carey shows off her new post-baby body, and she’s looking gooooood. Carey gave birth to twins in April, Morroccan and Monroe, and has spent the ensuing months dieting and exercising, but she’s even smaller than her pre-baby weight. Using Jenny Craig and low impact exercising, Carey shed 70 pounds in the past six months. She’ll now go on to be the spokesperson for Jenny Craig. It’s refreshing to see a star look amazing, but not overly skinny, by use of normal methods of weight loss. You go girl!
This week in celebrity relationships: Pippa Middleton has split from her boyfriend of three years, cricket player Alex Loudon. Perhaps the media frenzy that has followed Pippa since her appearance at Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William is a root cause for the couple. Justin Timberlake recently spilled to the media that he has a crush on Pippa. Now’s his chance to swoop in!