Brett Ratner Apologizes For 'Hurtful and Stupid' Comments

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Well, we suppose it's better to "resign" from something than it is to get fired.

As you probably know by now, Brett Ratner will no longer be producing the 2012 Academy Awards show. The "Tower Heist" director had a pretty remarkable weekend, bragging about his (sometimes forgettable) sexual exploits to both G4 and Howard Stern and making an inexplicable gay slur when asked if he had his actors rehearse a scene before shooting it. After all the outrage he's caused with his remarks, the classiest man in Hollywood apparently figured he'd better quit the Oscars gig before he gets canned.

Upon officially resigning from producing next year's Oscars telecast, Ratner has offered an open letter of apology to the entire entertainment industry, according to Deadline. You can read Ratner's entire statement below.

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

So... anyone wanna go see "Tower Heist?"