days later Will Smith slap Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, he announced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct,” said the men in black star wrote in an April 2022 statement via Variety. “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 are in attendance and a global audience at home. I have betrayed the trust of the Academy.
He continued, “I deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken. I want to re-emphasize those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to look back on the incredible work it does to support creativity and the art of filmmaking. Therefore, I resign from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any other consequences the board deems appropriate.
The Academy is made up of a body of Hollywood leaders and stars who meet every year to vote on Oscar nominations and winners. Smith, for his part, was first eligible in 2002 amid his lead acting nomination for Ali.
“We have received and accepted the immediate resignation of Mr. Will Smith from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” the Academy President said. david rubin Recount We Weekly in an April 2022 statement. “We will continue to advance our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violating the Academy’s standards of conduct, prior to our next board meeting scheduled for April 18.”
At the March 2022 ceremony, Rock made headlines after joking about Jada Pinkett Smith – who married Smith in 1997 – and her shaved head, joking that she would be perfect for a potential G.I. Jane continued. (Half Moore starred in the 1997 film, playing a soldier who notably shaved his head during basic training.) The Maryland native, whose shaved head is the result of her battle with alopecia, rode eyes during the show. Her husband, however, shocked viewers and attendees alike when he walked onto the stage and hit the Everybody Hates Chris Creator.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” Smith shouted after returning to his seat. Smith went on to win the coveted Best Lead Actor trophy for his role as Richard Williams — Serena Williams and Venus Williams‘ father – in King Richard. As he celebrated his victory, the Academy separated Smith and Rock. We later confirmed that the Saturday Night Live alum had no intention of pressing charges.
Smith has since apologized for his actions, although a source said We that he hasn’t spoken to Rock since the meeting.
“Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable,” said the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum wrote in an Instagram statement days later. “I was out of place 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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