Brett Ratner resigns as Oscars producer after gay slur
Published 09/11/2011 | 11:33
The Rush Hour and X-Men director Brett Ratner is out of a high-profile job as producer of 2012 Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Ratner's departure. President Tom Sherak said in a statement that the 42-year-old film-maker "did the right thing for the academy and for himself".
"Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable," Mr Sherak said.
Ratner used a pejorative term for gay men during a question-and-answer session at a screening of his latest film Tower Heist. He also discussed his sexual exploits on a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show.
Ratner issued a lengthy statement apologising for his behaviour and explaining his resignation as producer of the 2012 Oscar broadcast. The academy had announced in August that Ratner would produce the show with TV veteran Don Mischer, who helmed the 2011 broadcast.
In the letter, Ratner apologised for "the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances".
"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," he said.
Ratner went on to say that he was "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 perpetrated".
The director, whose credits include the Rush Hour films, said that being asked to produce the Oscar show "was the proudest moment of my career", but he did not want to distract from the academy "and the high ideals it represents".