Will Smith Resigns From Academy Following Chris Rock Slap : NPR


Will Smith tearfully accepts the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard.

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Will Smith Resigns From Academy Following Chris Rock Slap : NPR

Will Smith tearfully accepts the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard.

Associated Press

According to news reports, actor Will Smith has resigned his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, following his outburst on stage at the Oscars. Before accepting his best actor award for his role in the film King Richardhe took the stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock, who told a joke about Smith’s wife’s hair.

“I have directly responded to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct,” Smith wrote in a statement. “My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards 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, everyone who were in attendance and a global audience at home.”

The statement continued, “I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I have deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want re-emphasize those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”

Smith wrote that he would accept any other consequences the Board of Governors deemed appropriate. Earlier this week, the Academy announced that it would initiate disciplinary proceedings that could include suspension or expulsion.

“Change takes time,” he wrote, “and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to override reason.”


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