- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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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