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Brett Ratner steps down from Academy Awards Gig


Director Brett Ratner is out as Oscar producer, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The Academy and Ratner have just released statements confirming his exit.

Ratner released a statement soon after THR reported his exit.

"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," he stated. (Read full statement below.)

The Academy released a statement  also confirming Ratner's exit.

"He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself," Sherak said in a statement from the Academy. "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."

READ MORE AT THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


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