Poll: Should the Oscars have ditched Brett Ratner?
Brett Ratner says he resigned as the co-producer of next year's Academy Awards ceremony, following his slur about gays and comments he made about his sex life. But there's little question the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wasn't fighting for him to stay in the job.
The reaction to Ratner's exit has been divisive. Some say he deserved to be shown the door, while others defended his right to speak his crass mind. The academy now must race to replace Ratner, who was going to produce the ceremony with television veteran Don Mischer, and the status of host Eddie Murphy, who starred in Ratner's "Tower Heist," is up in the air.
What do you think? Was Ratner right to quit? Or should he and the academy tried to ride out the storm?
-- John Horn
Photo: Brett Ratner. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times