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Oscars producer resigns amid gay slur controversy

November 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Movie director Brett Ratner, who had been slated to produce the upcoming Oscar ceremony, submitted his letter of resignation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday.

Ratner had been under fire for a gay slur he made during a recent interview.

Academy President Tom Sherak said by resigning, Ratner 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," Sherak said in a statement. "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."