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BREAKING NEWS - Brett Ratner Resigns As Producer Of 2012 Academy Awards

Posted on Tue Nov 8, 2011 04:58 PM PDT

bratner051809_21_news.jpgAfter sparking public outrage for using a gay slur in a recent interview, Brett Ratner has resigned as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards.

“This morning, Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards to Academy President Tom Sherak,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement. “Ratner then issued an open letter to the entertainment industry in which he explained his decision.”

During a Q&A session for his new film, Tower Heist, a reporter asked Ratner about his rehearsal process, to which he responded, “Rehearsal is for f***.” Ratner has released an open letter to the entertainment industry explaining why he has resigned from his position, stating, “It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body.”

Ratner also met with GLAAD today, and Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs and Communications released a statement about 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,” Graddick said. “We believe his resignation is just the first step and will be announcing a series of concrete actions with Brett in coming days and weeks.”

Click after the jump to read Ratner's complete apology letter.

    An Open Letter to the Entertainment Industry from Brett Ratner

    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 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.

    Brett Ratner



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