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Eddie Murphy, Boomerang Bachelor

Jan. 30 2008, Published 8:04 a.m. ET

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Eddie Murphy doesn't waste any time. The 48 Hours star didn't even wait that long before setting out on a hunt for hotties after his wife of 12 years filed for divorce last week. The Dr. Doolittle star showed up with a large entourage at Joseph's in L.A. Monday night and Murphy--who survived an embarrassing episode with a transexual hooker a few years ago--kept his eyes trained firmly on the ladies. "He was flirting with every girl that came up," says an eyewitness, "and there were lots of them!”

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Back in the eighties, the hard-partying comic was a familiar presence at Hollywood's hot spots, but over a decade of marriage and five children seemed to stall his partying streak. Last week his British wife, Nicole, filed flor divorce citing irreconcilable differences. But a string of recent hits like Shrek and Daddy Day Care seems to have perked up his libido as well as his bank account. "Eddie had this big grin and was all decked out in black with platinumjewelry. His whole crew was with him, buying bottles of Cristal while a bunch of women danced on his lap," says our source. "I felt like I was back in the Rick James era."

The fact that Murphy is signed on to co-star with Chris Rock in an as-yet-untitled project helmed by director Brett Ratner suggests his bachelor party has only just begun.

Murphy's spokesman, Paul Bloch, declined to comment on the comic's swinging shindig, but we suggest the ladies of Tinseltown--and anyone remotely resembling ladies--watch out.

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