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Brett Ratner Steps Down As Oscar Producer

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 8, 2011 7:16 PM
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If you've ever wondered what a Brett Ratner produced Oscar telecast would be like, well, you're probably never going to find out. While we eagerly awaited to see how Chris Tucker would be utilized in the broadcast in February, it looks like the words coming out the mouth of Ratner have rubbed the shrimp loving folks of the Academy the wrong way. THR has revealed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ousted Ratner from producing the telecast has accepted Ratner's decision to step down from the gig. An open letter explaining his decision is forthcoming.

All of this comes on the heels of a nearly Charlie Sheen-esque press run that has seen Ratner brag about banging Olivia Munn (then apologizing for it and claiming he never slept with her at all), saying that rehearsals were for "fags" and just yesterday, going on to "The Howard Stern Show" and giving a no holds barred account of: his sperm count; how condoms strangle his cock; throwing baloney on a girl's ass; his preference for how vaginas are groomed; how he sends a woman to his doctor before he sleeps with them; and a detailed account of the time he was caught screwing a Victoria Secret's model only to be walked in on by his then girlfriend Lindsay Lohan. We're not kidding. And that's only the half of the interview we listened to so far. Looks like somebody could've used a rehearsal before going on a press run.

The big question now is what will become of Eddie Murphy, the mooted host whose involvement seemed directly tied to Ratner leading the show. Also no word on who will take over the producing gig with the awards looming just three and a half months away. There's no formal announcement yet, but one is expected soon. But until then, listen to the full Ratner/Stern interview below. It's kind of amazing.

Update: Here's Brett Ratner's open letter to the entertainment industry:

An Open Letter to the Entertainment Industry from Brett Ratner

Dear 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. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.

As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.

So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.

As a first step, I called 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.

I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.

Sincerely, Brett Ratner

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  • Gigi | November 14, 2011 9:36 PMReply

    Howard Stern. I listened to you as it regards, Michael Jackson and the homeless deal, you seen to have a personal dieing hate for Michael Jackson, you need to listen to how you really sound over the air, You are the pussy for showing your true heart of hate, only a coward does that. Before you put Brett Ratner on air, you attacked Micheal's character and personality before you found out what really did happen with the homeless situation, I am sure you didn't care even after Brett Ratner told you and all of us listeners what really happened, because you had already made up your mind on how much you hate Michael Jackson, and we all listen to you, you didn't give a hint of apologies, your hate is so strong for Michael Jackson until you totally dismiss Brett words on the truth."Now who's the Pussy". Micheal is dead why don't you let everything about him rest and get a peace of mind with the thought of Michael Jackson, jealousy is a bitch and its killing you. I am willing to bet on your life and mine, that when you are home and a family member just mention Michael Jackson's name you will have a duck fit causing you not being able to eat or sleep, those symptoms just might on for weeks, because that's what hate does, it steal your joy. Its people like you that helped put Michael Jackson in his grave. Not the doctor, who should have never gotten jail time, "who really should have gotten jail time were his plastic surgeons, they are the ones who really got him hook on drugs in the first place and most of the press/media and people like you who judged Michael before proven innocent, when your real pervert were enjoying his freedom on the football fields, head of a children foundation, and not one word for years was said "Now that's something, how was it covered up"?, Now that's a PUSSY, call him the PUSSY, not a innocent man like Michael Jackson who was proven innocent and die as an innocent man. I am not saying this because I a fan of Michael Jackson or any thing like that. I am just expressing facts. .Where is your true color, why don't you dwell on that?

  • cirkusfolk | November 9, 2011 1:44 AMReply

    Remember when everyone got mad the word "gay" was used derogatorily in the film The Dilemma? Yeeeeah

  • R | November 8, 2011 11:54 PMReply

    If Hollywood wants to eliminate homophobia it might try making a gay blockbuster, maybe have Peter Parker make out with a hot dude. Oh right--not a chance in hell. But being the word police costs those dickless weasels nothing. This is vomitous enough to make me a Republican for one day.

  • Che | November 8, 2011 11:00 PMReply

    Gays and Jews feel really insecure. They think the everything in the world revolves around them and they can't take a joke. seriosuly. one feels that they were the only ones who sufferred during the WW2 and other? lame.

    both are attention seeeking fools. and ratner, he's both.

  • Donald Duck | November 8, 2011 10:57 PMReply

    F(ag) F(ag) F(ag) F(ag) F(ag) F(ag) ... sue me california. brett ratner is awesome!!!

  • Rufus | November 8, 2011 10:48 PMReply

    Over at the A.V. Club they use a picture of Ratner holding The Big Butt Book anytime they run a story on him. That always makes me chuckle.

  • duh | November 8, 2011 10:29 PMReply

    @JB - people were obviously not offended with Hangover...it made tons of money and so did the sequel.......the hypocrisy of Hollywood when its making money...they are very tolerant

  • Mike | November 8, 2011 10:27 PMReply

    Seriously, I'm hoping this is the last Brett Ratner post around here.

  • Peter | November 8, 2011 10:45 PM

    Same, but not because they are overdoing it. I just want him to stop making such a spectacle of himself. The man is an idiot.

  • jb | November 8, 2011 9:48 PMReply

    Funny how if Bradley Cooper says "Calling Doctor Faggot!" it's not a big deal at all. Actually, in most theaters, I'm sure this drew a huge laugh (and I'm guessing that at least 1 of you self-righteous Playlist contributors laughed at that moment). So you can use this ironic humor if you use it in a script, but are an intolerant, spiteful homophobe if you use this comedic irony in real life (i.e. press interviews)?
    Listen, I know he shouldn't have said it- if there's a time and place for offensive humor, it's certainly not on a press tour for "Tower Heist". Just slow down on the crucifixion of the man. And let's face it- as much as his movies suck, he probably would have made the Oscars more entertaining next year (how could they get worse?)

  • Cadence | November 8, 2011 8:47 PMReply

    @For Shame- You are an idiot, sir. When Ratner uses the word "fags", he has to keep in mind that's in a very public position. Every single thing he says, does, touches, f**** will reflect who he is up until the Oscar telecast. That's not to say it's the same ol' deal for just about any entertainer, but Ratner WAS representing a very specific audience- Hollywood. By saying "fags", he's turning his pudgy, little, untalented, turd-looking, face the opposite direction and ignoring the numerous gay, lesbian, sexually confused, transgendered, etc. folks that make up the academy (I don't really know how many transgendered folks there are but the aforementioned still stands true). So, "For Shame", it actually is quite the big deal. This man is the epitome of tacky (see Lindsay Lohan for further proof) and despite his lack of physical charm or discernible talent, he has managed to make some of the biggest (and shittiest) movies in Hollywood. So you see, "For Shame", it puts the Ratster in quite an uncomfortable position. People know him as tacky, classless, and a roaring pile of douche, but he still manages to have a place in Hollywood (albeit a very dark, unoccupied, Lindsay Lohan infected place), so when he says something like "fags", it only makes him all the more vile. I hope you understand and avoid the pitfalls of Ratner, "For Shame"... I only wish you the best.

  • Glass | November 8, 2011 8:18 PMReply

    EXCELLENT Stern interview. Ratner's a huge 'bag, but I have respect for people who go on Stern and are totally forthcoming. It sucks that all of this will cause him to slow his roll and he won't do interviews like this anymore...

  • for shame | November 8, 2011 7:32 PMReply

    too bad for the word police...it was a joke...do people have outrage when it the f word is thrown around in numerous movies every year as a joke....lighten up people

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