Movie director Brett Ratner got people angry last weekend when he made an anti-gay remark during a Q&A session after a screening of his latest feature, “Tower Heist.” The comment spawned calls for him to be fired from his job producing the Oscars and it spread like wildfire throughout the blogosphere.
He quickly apologized but critics didn’t let go, and the comment cost him the most coveted producing job on TV.
On Tuesday, Ratner announced his resignation from the Academy Awards in an open letter. "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," Ratner said. "To them, and to everyone I've hurt and offended, I'd like to apologize publicly and unreservedly."
On Wednesday, Oscar host Eddie Murphy dropped out of the event, too.