Will Smith Resigns from the Academy after Slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars

Will Smith issued a statement that he has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after the incident at the 94th Acadamy Awards.

He said, “I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.”

The Fresh Prince of Belair star said he is “heartbroken” at having “deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work.”

He continued, “I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”

His final words sealed the deal, “So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.”

David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, confirmed that the academy accepted the resignation.

“We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”

The conflict at the 2022 Oscars started after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, comparing her to G.I. Jane. The actress, 50, recently disclosed she has a hair loss condition called alopecia.

After assaulting Rock, Will Smith publicly apologized, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line, and I was wrong. I am embarrassed, and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”

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