An American actor and comedian Will Smith, resigned as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, March 29th, following his apologies on Sunday at the Oscars.
Will Smith resigned from the Academy on April 1, 2022, after the Academy declared that they would begin an inquiry into the incident of the day, and there had also been rumors that Will Smith would be added to the list of celebrities barred from attending the Oscars.
Will Smith announced his resignation on April 1, 2022, in an official statement, stating that he is heartbroken for denying others the opportunity to be acknowledged and that he is willing to suffer whatever penalties result from slapping Chris Rock during the award event.
Will Smith penned:
“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. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. 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.”
Will Smith’s Resignation Is Met With Criticism From The Academy
The Academy said in a statement on April 1, 2022, in response to Will Smith’s departure from the Academy:
“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.”
Chris Rock has yet to give an official statement following the incident, and he is also said to have avoided discussing the incident during his most recent comedy spectacular.