Brett Ratner will produce the Oscar telecast no more. The Rush Hour director submitted his resignation to Academy President Tom Sherak following a series of controversial remarks regarding his sexual proclivities and a declaration that “rehearsal’s for fags”.
While promoting his new film Tower Heist, Ratner went on a tour of self-destruction, boasting of bedding actress Olivia Munn and having “huge balls”.
Although these statements are hardly befitting of an Oscar producer (or a gentleman, or a non-stupid person), he crossed the line during a Q&A when asked if he was rehearsing for the Academy Awards.
“Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal’s for fags. Rehearsal. Not much.”
Sherak and the Academy stood behind Ratner, who issued an apology soon after the Q&A. However, he decided to step down from his duties by his own accord, penning an open letter to explain his decision.
Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.
As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.
You can read the full letter here.
It is unknown who will take over role as Oscar producer. Also in doubt is host Eddie Murphy, who agreed to the gig due to his friendship with Ratner.