Just a few hours after Disney officially axed him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, director James Gunn has released a statement on the move. Gunn was fired today after a storm of controversial tweets he made years ago surfaced again.
Here's what Gunn had to say:
My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.
Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.
Prior to being fired, Gunn also has deleted his Twitter account. Gunn will not appear at an SDCC panel today of the horror movie that he would be producing for Sony Pictures.