Will Smith Resigns From Academy Membership After Slamming Chris Rock At Oscars

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After slapping presenter Chris Rock, Will Smith was back on the Oscar stage when he won the Best Actor award.

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Will Smith to resign from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences after he hit host and comedian Chris Rock at last Sunday’s Oscars.

“My actions during the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and unforgivable,” Smith said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance and the global audience at home. I have violated the trust of the Academy. I have robbed other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work I am devastated 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 is doing for creativity and artistry in film.”

Academy president David Rubin said the organization had accepted Smith’s “immediate resignation.”

“We will continue our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violation of the Academy’s standards of conduct, ahead of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18,” Rubin said in a statement.

A Smith representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the Reporter, Smith’s resignation means he won’t be able to vote for future Academy Awards, but he can still be nominated, attend the event and keep the best actor statue he won Sunday night. Smith won for playing Richard Williams, the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, in the movie King Richard.

Smith took to the stage during the live broadcast and slammed Rock after the comedian joked about the short hair of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who alopeciawhich causes hair loss.

On Monday, Smith apologized on Instagram before the blow. On Tuesday, Jada Pinkett Smith posted on Instagram, “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”

As for Rock, he didn’t address an audience member who yelled at Smith at a Boston comedy show this week, instead saying, “No, no, no, no, no,” according to People magazine.

Los Angeles Police said Rock chose not to report to the police against Smith.

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