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Eddie Murphy Denies Reports Of Dating Toni Braxton

Eddie Murphy has come forward to address the recent reports that he and singer Toni Braxton are dating.

The veteran actor told Access Hollywood last night in an interview, “I don’t even know who the new love is. I know I’m single and I’m just up at the house, playing the guitar and being a single dad.”

When the interviewer asked specifically about Braxton, Murphy claimed that the reports are just false rumors. “Toni and I are just friends,” Murphy said.  “I went to her show, and we’re friends and she’s a very, very sweet girl, but we’re just friends.”

The A-list movie star also spoke freely about the 84th annual Academy Awards, in which he was selected to host but opted out due to a producer issue.

“It’s still something that I would like to do one day, because all the best comics have done it,” said Murphy of the awards show.  “It’s one of the few things I haven’t done in my 35 years in this business, so I would like to have that be part of my resume as well … If they ask me again, maybe I’ll do it.”

Murphy did give Billy Crystal a good grade for his performance though saying, “I thought Billy did a wonderful job. Billy’s done it so many times, he can’t not do a good job,” Murphy said. “He’s really solid at that.”

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