LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Martin is giving some free advice to Eddie Murphy about hosting the Academy Awards.
The 66-year-old entertainer posted “an open letter” to Murphy on his website Tuesday filled with tips based on Martin’s three Oscar-hosting stints.
“Whatever you do, don’t have a co-host,” Martin wrote. He most recently hosted the Oscar show in 2010 with Alec Baldwin. He also advised Murphy to “start slimming down now.”
“You looked kind of paunchy in ‘Norbit,’” Martin said.
“If you feel tired midway through,” Martin continued, “give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him.”
Martin also urged Murphy to “remember to relax and have a good time while 12,000 livebloggers rip you to shreds.”
Murphy will host the Oscar show on Feb. 26, 2012.
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