Brett Ratner Steps Down as Oscar Producer After Using Homophobic Slur

Loose-lipped Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is out as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards, scheduled for February. Ratner stepped down from the prestigious post on Tuesday, just days after he used a homophobic slur during a Q&A session at the Los Angeles ArcLight Cinema on Saturday.

When quizzed about his rehearsal process, Ratner replied:

“Rehearsal is for fa*s.”

Wow…now there’s the marking of a man who really knows how to sweet talk a girl.

“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 on Tuesday evening.

The Towerheist lensman — who tipped Eddie Murphy to host the 2012 Oscars — has since apologized for the offensive barb. But Academy President Sherak still believes Ratner’s decision to resign was the right one. In an open letter to the Hollywood community, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the director offered a mea culpa of sorts and revealed that he’s already reached out to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) about joining the fight against bigotry.

“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,” Ratner wrote.

The letter continued:

“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…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.”

Ratner is also under tight public scrutiny for publicly slamming actress Olivia Munn, and suggesting he had sex with her when he appeared on her axed G4 series, Attack of the Show. He later apologized for those remarks during a visit to The Howard Stern Show.

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