The Washington Post

Brett Ratner steps down as Academy Awards producer after controversial comments

Director Brett Ratner (Theo Wargo/GETTY IMAGES)

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.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
How to make Sean Brock's 'Heritage' cornbread
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
The signature dish of Charleston, S.C.
Play Videos
Why seasonal allergies make you miserable
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
What you need to know about filming the police
Play Videos
The Post taste tests Pizza Hut's new hot dog pizza
5 tips for using your thermostat
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
The signature drink of New Orleans