Embattled Tower Heist director Brett Ratner has been replaced as Oscars producer by none other than longtime Hollywood bigwig Brian Grazer, who just so happens to be a producer on the same movie. Academy president Tom Sherak made the announcement this morning.
“Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work,” Sherak said. “he will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars.”
Grazer is also the producer of J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which hits theaters tomorrow. “It’s very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career,” Grazer said, who is reportedly attempting to woo Eddie Murphy back to host the event. All of this movement, of course, comes on the heels of the iconic comedian quitting his hosting duties after his buddy, Ratner disgraced the Academy and, by most accounts, was forced to step down as Oscars producer.
Last week, Brett Ratner appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show and addressed rumors that back in the day he had sex with Olivia Munn, Attack’s former co-host. In her book, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, Munn writes about an unnamed producer she bedded and says some pretty uncomplimentary things about him. So when Ratner was asked whether he was the unnamed producer on Attack of the Show, he admitted he “banged” her a few times but explained that it was before she changed her name to Olivia Munn. Real Classy, Brett. You can see the interview below. The Munn information comes at about the 3:45 mark.
However, Ratner called into the Howard Stern Show on Nov. 7 at about 6:30 a.m. and made it like he was just joking about what he said on Attack of the Show. You can hear the audio clip below, which was Tweeted on Nov. 7 and then Re-Tweeted by Munn.