In the wake of the report that he used the derogatory term “fags” when answering a question following a screening of “Tower Heist” last Friday, Brett Ratner resigned Tuesday as producer of this year’s Oscars.
The Academy issued the following statement:
This morning, Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards to Academy President Tom Sherak. Ratner then issued an open letter to the entertainment industry in which he explained his decision.
“He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself,” Sherak said. “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.”
There has been no word on Ratner’s replacement as co-producer alongside veteran awards helmer Don Mischer. Nor is there any indication as to whether Ratner’s pal Eddie Murphy, who headlines “Tower Heist,” is staying on as host of the Oscars.
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