Movie director who made anti-gay remark apologizes, won't produce Oscars show

Director Brett Ratner resigned from producing the Academy Awards this year after making an anti-gay remark.

Story highlights

  • Brett Ratner has resigned as producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards show
  • In a statement Tuesday, Ratner says he apologizes "publicly and unreservedly"
  • Ratner made a demeaning remark during a Q&A session about his movie "Tower Heist"
  • "Rehearsing is for f*gs," New York Magazine's Vulture Blog quoted Ratner as saying
Brett Ratner has resigned as a producer of this year's Academy Awards show for an anti-gay remark he made over the weekend, the movie director said Tuesday in an open letter to his colleagues.
"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," Ratner said in the letter, which was given to CNN by his representative, Allan Mayer. "To them, and to everyone I've hurt and offended, I'd like to apologize publicly and unreservedly."
Ratner met with the representatives of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation prior to announcing his resignation, GLAAD said in a news release Tuesday.
When asked during a question-and-answer session about his newly released action comedy, "Tower Heist," whether he rehearses with his actors before shooting a scene, Ratner replied, "Rehearsing is for f*gs," GLAAD said in its release, citing New York Magazine's Vulture blog.
"When we sat down with Brett today, he seemed very sincere in his desire to use this experience as a way to begin speaking out against anti-gay language in popular culture," said Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs and communications at GLAAD. "We believe his resignation is just the first step and will be announcing a series of concrete actions with Brett in coming days and weeks."
In his statement Tuesday, Ratner said "it pains me deeply that I may have hurt" his colleagues who "are members of the LGBT community."
"Having love in your heart doesn't count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and