Oscar award winner, Will Smith has resigned from the Academy after breaking the conduct code at Oscars.
There were reports that the Hollywood star was facing possible expulsion or suspension after he assaulted comedian Chris Rock during last Sunday’s Oscars telecast.
However, Smith has rather resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
In his statement, Smith called his actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable” and said that he will accept any additional consequences that the Academy’s Board of Governors deems appropriate.
“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.”
Smith also acknowledged that his actions overshadowed other winners at the 94th Academy Awards. And to that, he said:
“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,” he stated, concluding with “change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason”.
BREAKING: Will Smith resigns from Oscars’ Academy. New statement & pained mea culpa. 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/3wKSY4KCuI
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 1, 2022
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Academy president David Rubin replied to his resignation, saying in a statement: “We have received and accepted 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 Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”
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