Director Brett Ratner has resigned from his position as a producer of the Oscars after he made an offensive homophobic remark. Ratner was signed on to save the Oscar awards from the poor run they’ve been having in ratings recently and had already hired Eddie Murphy as the host.
At a screening of his latest film, the Tower Heist, he made a homophobic slur while talking about rehearsals. “Rehearsal is for f*gs,” news.com.au quoted him as saying.
Ratner later apologised calling them a ‘dumb way’ of expressing himself.
“(He) did the right thing for the Academy and for himself,” Academy Awards president Tom Sherak said while referring to the resignation. “Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable,” he said.
This is the second time in two weeks that Ratner has got into trouble for his remarks. Last week he had referred to actress Olivia Munn as a ‘chick’ he had ‘banged’.He later had to apologise on air for those comments.