Will Smith Resigns From The Academy Following Backlash Over Chris Rock’s Oscars Slap, Will Smith was facing possible expulsion or suspension from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after he hit Chris Rock during last Sunday’s Oscars telecast. Instead, he has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The actor is in the middle of the biggest crisis of his career, and the organization that runs the Academy Awards has had a hard time dealing with the fallout from the fight. This move comes at the same time. On his own, Smith said his actions had been “shocking, painful,” “inexcusable,” and “unforgivable.” He said he would accept any punishment the Academy Board of Governors thinks is right.
“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,” Smith said. “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.”Will Smith
Will Smith also said that his actions at the 94th Academy Awards overshadowed the winners of other movies.
It takes time for things to change, but “I am going to do everything I can to make sure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.” This is what he said.
This is what Academy President David Rubin said in response to Will Smith’s resignation: “We have received and accepted Mr. Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.” We will keep moving forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for breaking the Academy’s Code of Conduct before our next board meeting on April 18.
Smith stormed the stage and hit Rock during the live broadcast after the actor made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and likened her shaved head to Demi Moore’s buzzcut in “G.I. Jane,” which Smith’s wife had. Pinkett Smith has alopecia, which is when her hair falls out.
They said that Smith was asked to leave the ceremony, but he refused. However, sources say that the organization’s leaders never asked him to leave, and producer Will Packer told him to stay. Smith should stay because Rock asked him to, Packer told GMA on Friday. Rock’s camp says that isn’t the case.
It’s hard to figure out what happened behind the scenes. In the end, Smith stayed at the Dolby Theatre, where he went on to win best actor for his role in “King Richard.” “Smith tried to justify his actions by saying that his outburst came from the same protective instincts that led him to push his daughters, Venus and Serena Williams, to do well in the world of tennis,” a friend of Smith’s tells NBC News. In his speech, his failure to say sorry to Rock at the start, and his plans for the Vanity Fair party afterward didn’t go over well with some Academy members.
“I was out of line and I was wrong,” Smith told Rock on Monday. A joke about Jada’s health was too much for him to handle, he said, so he got angry. Now Will Smith Resigns From The Academy Following Backlash Over Chris Rock’s Oscars Slap
After making a statement that said it didn’t support violence, the Academy made two more statements that were even more critical of Smith. On Wednesday, the group said that Smith had broken the Academy’s rules of conduct and that he had 15 days to write a letter explaining why he did what he did. The group said Smith could be suspended, expelled, or get other punishments.