Ratner and Murphy Step Down From Oscars

There are plenty of changes in the works for the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony now that both its producer and host have stepped down amid controversy.

Producer Brett Ratner (whose latest film, “Tower Heist,” is currently out in theaters) announced yesterday that he would step down from the Oscars following insensitive remarks he made about gay people and his own (heterosexual) sex life. In particular, he issued an apology related to his comment that “rehearsals are for fags.” In a letter to colleagues, he wrote:

Then today, just as Gawker was asking whether Eddie Murphy should follow suit and resign as host of the Oscars — based on the fact that he, too, has used anti-gay slurs in public — the actor and comedian did just that.

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