UPDATE: Brett Ratner has resigned from his post as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards. The official Oscars site offered the following statement:
"He 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. 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."
Brett Ratner is a great many things to this world: the producer of the 2012 Academy Awards, somebody who (allegedly) masturbates while eating shrimp and a guy who just can't help himself when he sees the opportunity to use a gay slur. He's like all the Disney princes wrapped into one!
Ratner, who recently told a reporter that he won't practice the show pre-broadcast because "rehearsal is for f*gs," has since apologized for his remarks, but critics are still are calling for the director to be fired as the Oscars' producer.
Despite the controversy, Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has announced that the organization will keep Ratner on as producer.
Sherak told Deadline, "He said it best in his apology, that his comments were dumb and insensitive. When you think of our community, it went against all the beliefs of the creative community we represent. He knew it was wrong and he issued that response as quickly as any human being ever has. The bottom line is, this won't and can't happen again. It will not happen again. He apologized and we will move forward."
He continued, "How do I know this? I've known this man for a very long time. He has many friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. The apology he gave I truly believe comes from his heart. If I didn't believe it, I would do something about it. This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn't mean it."
While Ratner may be finished throwing out homophobic remarks to anyone who'll listen, he's far from done riding the insult train to unemploymentland; after denying Olivia Munn's claims about his sexual prowess, Ratner admitted to Howard Stern that he had done the dirty with Lindsay Lohan – but only after he forced her to take an STD test. Swoon!
(Originally published on Nov. 8, 2011, at 3:09 p.m. ET)