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Brett Ratner Resigns as Oscar Show Producer

Brett Ratner Resigns as Oscar Show Producer

Brett Ratner will no longer be producing the 2012 Academy Awards.

“I called [the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president] 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,” the 42-year-old director said in a statement (via THR, which first reported the news).

The announcement comes just a few days after Brett used a gay slur during a screening and later apologized for saying false comments about having sex with actress Olivia Munn.

Eddie Murphy, who worked with Brett on the new film, Tower Heist, is set to host the Oscars.

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  • ynop

    Umm…WTH is going on with this guy??? He comes out of nowhere with the Olivia comment, then a gay slur, then apologizes for both, then resigns from the Academy. One hellova week for him!

  • bobbiebee


    didn’t everyone see that coming after his foot kept going into his mouth.. LOL.


  • jerky

    He got bitchslapped by the Pink Hand…so much for freedom of speech.


    He may be a horse’s asssss but this is America last time I checked.


    He may be a horse’s asssss but this is America last time I checked.

  • ignorant

    @FAGGOTS: STFU you ignorant white trash. No choice dude but to accept it – nothing you can do – frustrates you right – go have another Bud…LOL

  • Creed Bratton

    Maybe the Oscars will be good this year.

  • Creed Bratton

    Maybe the Oscars will be good this year.

  • Creed Bratton

    exactly, this is America. Which is why Gays will soon be treated as equals and receive the same rights as trash like you.

  • LaSiniestra

    Seriously, homosexuals need to grow a pair and stop being so sensitive. Everyday, heterosexuals, crime victims, ethnic groups, and others are offended by stupid comments, yet no one makes a big deal about it. What makes the homosexuals so special one has to apologize, resign, get fired, etc. if they’re offended? GET OVER YOURSELVES!

  • Skys

    This is crazy , I don’t think he should have quit.

  • LOL

    @LaSiniestra: We’re taking over sweetie – get over yourselves – sit back and take it…

  • bobbyweiner

    @ynop: Olivia comment did not come out of nowhere…Munn’s former co-worker asked Brett about it in a interview……don’t ask a question if you will not like the answer

  • Sadie

    @jerky: He has freedom of speech, he’s not being arrested, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ramifications for the things we say.

  • BaddaBing

    Hasn’t everyone in Hollywood had sex with Olivia Munn?? He just didn’t want to be left out.

  • Don’t be stupid…

    Freedom of speech protects you from the Government, not consequence. I would have been FIRED from my job if I used language like that, let alone be given the opportunity to resign.

  • Kayla

    Very well said!! Gay people are so sensitive it’s ridiculous.

  • Kel

    He should have known better, he dosn’t deserve to produce the Oscars.

  • chris

    Their is too much MONEY to be made these days by playing the Gay Card and the Race Card .
    Seriously this Country needs to Man-Up.

  • I Mean What

    Let’s face it, no one knows what to do with that hideous Oscar telecast. I am sure Brett Ratner saw the handwriting on the wall and used the “fags” reference to bow out of making a fool out of himself. It is astonishing that for a long while now, not just last year’s Anne Hathaway & James Franco debacle, the Oscar telecast continues to be the most boring, predictable, uninteresting show on Earth.

  • alex nunez

    well said I’ M tired of same nonsense and the same ugly people
    of Hollywood , just a few exceptions like Brad and Angelina.
    What happen to you people ? don’t you see them , don’t you
    tell the different or maybe you have the wondering eyes right.