American actor cum film producer Willard Carroll Smith II, widely known as Will Smith made known his resignation from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Friday after the misunderstanding between him and Chris Rock at the recently held Academy Awards.
Will Smith who is famously known as Fresh Prince slapped Chris Rock on stage over a joke he make about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Will Smith voiced out in the statement released on Friday, 1 April 2022, “I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate”.
Check the full statement and the video beneath:
“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. 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.
So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”