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Brett Ratner Quits as Oscar Show Producer

Brett Ratner is calling it quits.

In a stunning turn of events, the controversial director has resigned from  producing the Academy Awards telecast

“He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself,” Academy  president  Tom Sherak said in a statement. “Words have meaning, and they  have  consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were  unacceptable. We  all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness  about the harm that is  caused by reckless and insensitive remarks,  regardless of the intent.”

Ratner came under fire from GLAAD this week for using a gay slur during  a Tower Heist Q&A over  the weekend. He’s also been blasted  for a sexually crass chat he had during an  appearance yesterday on  Howard  Stern‘s radio show. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report  Ratner’s resignation.

It’s still unclear if Eddie  Murphy will stay on as host. His rep didn’t not immediately comment  for this story.

In an open letter to Hollywood, Ratner once again apologized for his  actions.

“So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the  LGBT  community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I  should have  known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do  matter,” he wrote,  in part. “Having love in your heart doesn’t count for  much if what comes out of  your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in  mind, and to all those who  understandably feel that apologies are not  enough, please know that I will be  taking real action over the coming  weeks and months in an effort to do  everything I can both professionally  and personally to help stamp out the kind  of thoughtless bigotry I’ve  so foolishly perpetuated.”

He also said that he resigned this morning. He wrote, “[A]s painful as this  may be for me, it would be worse if my  association with the show were to be a  distraction from the Academy and  the high ideals it represents.”

GLAAD applauded Ratner’s decision. “When we sat down with Brett  today, he  seemed very sincere in his desire to use this experience as a  way to begin  speaking out against anti-gay language in popular culture,”  said Herndon  Graddick, the media watchdog group’s Senior Director of Programs  and  Communications. “We believe this resignation is just the first step  and will be  announcing a series of concrete actions in coming days and  weeks with  Brett.”

 

 

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