The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that Will Smith has resigned from their ranks following “disciplinary proceedings" by the Oscars over him slapping Chris Rock's face.
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” the actor shared in a statement, reported by Deadline.
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” he continued. “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris [Rock], 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.”
“I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work,” Smith added. “I am heartbroken. 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. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.”
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 1, 2022
It was stunning when Smith walked up on stage and slapped Chris Rock and immediately returned to his seat. It led to immediate buzz about the Oscars. In past years the awards show has been an afterthought, but this year it was all over social media.
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