Brett Ratner offers new LGBT statement after Oscar departure

'Having love in your heart doesn't count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly,' he says

Brett Ratner has offered a new and lengthy apology to the LGBT community following his departure as Oscars producer.

The Tower Hest director stepped down from the role after making comments while promoting the film that “rehearsals are for f**s.” Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy, who was due to host, quickly followed yesterday. The Muppets have been backed to replace him.

Now, Ratner has issued a fresh statement, saying that he has received 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. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologise publicly and unreservedly.”

He continued:

As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.

Ratner also vowed to take affirmative action in response to his comments saying: “I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.”

Next week is Anti-Bulling Week in the UK with the theme ‘Words Can Hurt’, after last week it it emerged that pupils in Essex had been told by a teacher by “act less gay” in order to avoid bullying.