Will Smith Resigns From the Academy Over Chris Rock Slap

Actor Will Smith announced on Friday that he will resign from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after slapping presenter Chris Rock on stage during the Oscars last week.

“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,” Smith said in a statement.

David Rubin, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said that they have received and accepted the actor’s “immediate” resignation.

“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,” Rubin added.

Smith will no longer be able to vote on Oscar-nominated movies and performances, but his own work will still be eligible for future Oscar nominations.

During last week’s Oscar awarding ceremony, Smith charged the stage and slapped Rock during the broadcast after the presenter made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, likening her shaved head to Demi Moore’s buzzcut in the movie “G.I. Jane.” Pinkett-Smith suffers from hair loss due to alopecia.

Rock declined to press charges against Smith. The actor had issued an apology the next day via Instagram, calling his actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable.”


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