{jcomments off}Brett Ratner has decided to resign as producer of next year’s Oscars television broadcast after a backlash for the use of a gay slur.

The scandal surrounding Ratner’s use of a gay slur erupted at the weekend when the producer remarked that “rehearsal is for fags” when asked by a reporter if he allows his actors to rehearse. Ratner did apologise for his words at the time stating ‘I apologize for any offense my remarks caused, It was a dumb and outdated way of expressing myself.

Very quickly a question mark over his future producing the Oscars but only yesterday Academy president Tom Sherak was stating Ratner would continue as producer and would not step down. Sherak told the entertainment news website Deadline; ‘His remarks were inappropriate. He said it best in his apology, that his comments were dumb and insensitive…He knew it was wrong and he issued that response as quickly as any human being ever has’

However, despite Ratner’s apology, and Sherak’s insistence that the producer would remain, the controversy surrounding his comments didn’t go away and that is perhaps why Ratner has announced he was stepping down from his role. The producer wrote an open letter to the Hollywood community stating ‘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.’ The letter continued ‘ 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.”

In response to Ratner’s letter Tom Sherak realised ‘He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself. 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.’’

(Via TV Line)

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