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Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Brett Ratner steps down as Academy Awards producer after controversial comments

Director Brett Ratner (Theo Wargo - GETTY IMAGES)
ABC and the Motion Picture Academy will be busy Wednesday looking for a new person to exec produce the next Academy Awards broadcast after producer/bad boy Brett Ratner stepped down late Tuesday.

His “resignation” comes shortly after he used a homophobic slur in a roomful of reporters during a screening last week for his new movie, “Tower Heist,” in re what he thought about rehearsing. Ratner also went on Howard Stern’s satellite radio show to discuss his sex life — both real and imaginary — in excruciating detail.

“He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself. Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable,” Academy president Tom Sherak said in a statement released to the media.

Too bad the academy didn’t Google Ratner before announcing his was their “big get” to produce this year’s show with live TV veteran Don Mischer. Had the Academy done so, they would have realized Ratner’s comments of the past few days are just par for the course.

By  |  07:36 PM ET, 11/08/2011

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