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Brett Ratner

Quits Oscars

after Homophobic Slur

11/8/2011 4:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Brett Ratner
claims he's officially "resigned" as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards ... after dropping the homophobic F-bomb at a media event Sunday night.

Ratner -- best known for directing the "Rush Hour" movies -- was at a fan Q&A session for "Tower Heist" Sunday when he told the crowd, "Rehearsal is for f*gs."

Now, he's penned an open letter ... apologizing for the "hurtful and stupid things I've said" ... and adding, "Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted."

Ratner continued, "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."

Ratner says he's been in contact with GLAAD -- the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation -- and he promises he will work to "increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised."

"I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience."

Tom Sherak -- the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- issued a statement saying, "[Brett] did the right thing for the Academy and for himself."

He added, "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."

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bring back recent posts    

...now how the hell am I going to sleep too nite???? WHO CARES?..a ton of others can replace him 5 minutes ago..this is news? ..

1030 days ago
2.

Sassy    

Wow. What he said was really terrible. Call S.W.A.T. Seriously? People need to lighten up. His comment is being taken way to seriously for the way he used the word in reference to rehearsing. Are we going to next burn people at the stake for saying retard to their peers?

1030 days ago
3.

jack     

At least we know what sort of person he is, homophobia sucks.

1030 days ago
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Thank You Conrad Murray    

Who cares. It's a non-issue.
Besides.. the word doesn't ONLY have to do with homosexuals. It's very often just used as slang for something dumb and the person saying it isn't talking about gays AT ALL. Lighten up people.

1030 days ago
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birdman    

AIN'T THAT A B!TCH

1030 days ago
6.

diane    

Good, wrong fit from the start with the Oscars. Hopefully Eddie Murphy joins him in solidarity, just like in their loss this weekend to an animated cat.

My nominee for Oscars host: Justin Timberlake - he sings, dances, acts and has young SNL demo in backpocket.

1030 days ago
7.

mssnarnd    

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania tonight, there are some young men trying to deal with the fact that they were RAPED by a PENN STATE football coach during the course of the past 14 years and NO ONE DID ANYTHING ABOUT IT!

That's a tragedy.

1030 days ago
8.

Jason    

If only Herman Cain would drop out as easily.

1030 days ago
9.

The Neko Nation    

I'm sure all of the gay child molesters out there are overjoyed now.

1030 days ago
10.

Superman    

Really? Your delusional thoughts is that an "F-Bomb" is f*g? Touchy much?!?

1030 days ago
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en Todo Momento!!    

haaaaa! once upon a time, being part of the star circut was an elite privilege where whatever you said was cut out the media real quick. now with cameras and microphones in even the tinest crack, it's a real burdensome occupation. sure, it pays real well, but you don't have the exclusiveness of saying whatever you want like the stars of old, and being comfortable with your own opinion. even tho this was just shootin chit, and not really an opinion. got busted for it anyways. what a lame scene.

1030 days ago
12.

Hey Girl Haaay    

What an idiot.

1030 days ago
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chris    

Seriously?? Wow is the world so politically correct that to not offend anyone you lose your constitutional right to free speech. Gah I hate all these liberal a-holes who push their agenda on people. Now all you who do that are f*gs. Get a life and report real news

1030 days ago
14.

Phil    

People need to stop being overly sensitive to WORDS.

1030 days ago
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Fallopia Lopez    

Constitution lesson: ONLY THE GOVERNMENT is prohibited from censoring speech. Private people MAY INDEED DISCRIMINATE AGAINST YOU for what you say. There is no constitutional protection from private citizens choosing to not employ you if you're a bigoted idiot.

1030 days ago
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