Brett Ratner Resigns as '84th Academy Awards' Producer

The 'Tower Heist' director announced his resignation after coming under fire for controversial comments this weekend.

Brett Ratner resigns as producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards
Brett Ratner resigns as producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards
Filmmaker Brett Ratner has resigned from producing the 84th Annual Academy Awards, after making controversial comments over the weekend when he said, "rehearsal is for fags." Here is the Academy's official 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."

Here is the full open letter Brett Ratner released regarding his resignation.

Dear Colleagues,

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.

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. 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.

As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as 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.

I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.

Sincerely,

Brett Ratner"

It isn't known who will replace Brett Ratner at this time. We reported in August that Brett Ratner will produce The Academy Awards alongside Don Mischer. Brett Ratner was also instrumental in landing his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy to host the awards ceremony.

The Academy Awards episode 60.1, "The 84th Annual Academy Awards" stars Christian Bale, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Jonah Hill} and is directed by Don Mischer, Kabir Akhtar, Archie Gips, Christopher Guest, Henry Hobson, Troy Miller}.



Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Hollywood Reporter

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Comments (11)

  1. zeus

    Brett, why why why, you should had known better. Anyway, to be honest, the only thing im worried about is Eddie, i hope he keeps his job.

    3 years agoby @zeusFlag

  2. ignitedspade

    Its a shame that anyone can't express Freedom of Speech without a gay, religious, or person of ethnicity to get offended. Censorship is for f*gs.

    3 years agoby @ignitedspadeFlag

  3. Replicant

    Haha, "rehearsal is for f*gs".

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  4. ChiRep_1

    The academy needs a reality check, if everybody got fired for making a "reckless and insensitive remark," the unemployment rate would be higher than Charlie Sheen... Yeah it's offensive and completely unnecessary but that doesn't mean you should can the guy.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  5. Stivdion

    Please keep Eddie Murphy..Please

    3 years agoby @stivdionFlag

  6. skywise

    I am not one of those overly sensitive americans who is offended by every little thing but i hope the world is waking up to the hack that this man is. with any luck his career will be ruined (altho he seemed to be on a mission to do just before spouting off at the mouth)

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. SpaceCowboy

    No thumbs up?

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  8. ejk1

    I really don't care. Just fix the writing, and make sure the host isn't high.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. moviegeek

    I didn't even know he had said something wrong...? :P

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  10. Josh

    TL;DR Ratner's "letter", but in case you needed any more evidence he's a douchebag, here it is!

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. TheDude1

    Gay Mafia strikes again.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag