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Miami Beach-born Brett Ratner resigns as Oscars producer following 'rehearsing is for fags' comment

By SANDY COHEN, Associated Press

imageLOS ANGELES -- Brett Ratner has resigned as producer of next year's Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the 42-year-old filmmaker submitted his resignation Tuesday, one day after he apologized for using a gay slur at a screening of his latest movie.

Academy President Tom Sherak says Ratner "did the right thing for the academy and for himself."

Sherak says, "Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable."

Ratner was named Oscar producer in August along with TV veteran Don Mischer.

Ratner issued an open letter Tuesday explaining his resignation.



Miami Beach-born director Brett Ratner has apologized for telling an audience at a film screening, "Rehearsing is for fags."

"It was a dumb way of expressing myself," Ratner, 42, said in a statement, according to Associated Press. "Everyone who knows me knows that I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words."

Earlier Monday, GLAAD sought an apology from Ratner, who'll be producing next year's Academy Awards show.

Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Monday that Ratner's remarks were "inappropriate" but the academy isn't planning to remove him from his Oscar-producing position.

"The bottom line is, this won't and can't happen again. It will not happen again," Sherak told AP. "The apology he gave I truly believe comes from his heart. ... This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn't mean it."


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Come on, America! Grow a pair!

This politically correctness, is truly ruining our once great Country. How far will we go with this nonsense? We will see.

I have known Brett Ratner for about 11 years, meeting him through my employment as the hostess of the Wednesday night dinner parties at the Forge. To say Brett is homophobic is outrageous. If he is guilty of one thing & that is being too comfortable with his friendships with Gay people that he never thought twice before speaking. I have spent time with Brett on many occasions in Miami, LA & France. He even came to my birthday dinner at the Forge a couple years ago. I challenge anyone to find a person who truly knows Brett to have them say he is a person who hates anyone. I spoke out nationally against Tracy Morgan & his hate fueled anti gay rant recently in Nashville and nothing was done to him for his comments. I think everyone is over reacting regarding this Gaffe regarding Brett.

He apologized in a timely manner & it was a heartfelt apology.

I don't won't to live in a world where people can't say they are sorry for something when a person or group finds it offensive if they really mean it. Then people should forgive.
We do live in a society where everyone seems to over analyze every word, statement, or gesture to see if there is duel meaning.

When words are used to harm or torment there is no excuse for that, but the way in which this happened is a bit too much.

Just my thoughts on the subject.

Tom sherak is gay

Elaine Lancaster you are usually right on the money with your Sentiments. You always seem to see the greater good in people oppose to hoping on the Hate Train.
You Are One Classy Person. I met you out here in LA at a mutual friends home from E! You were just as lovely then as you are now. Hope to see you again soon. Brett is lucky to have you on his side.

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