Will Smith stated in part in a statement on Friday, “I prevented other candidates and winners of their opportunity to enjoy and be honored for their amazing work.” Having slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “I have personally replied to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing letter, and I will completely accept any and all penalties for my actions,” Smith said in a statement given to PEOPLE via his attorney.
My behaviour at the 94th Academy Awards was startling, unpleasant and unforgivable.
Chris, his family, many of my close loved ones and friends, all those in my presence, and worldwide audiences at home are among the people I have hurt. I breached the Academy’s confidence.” I r-bbed other candidates and winners of their chance to enjoy and be honored for their amazing work,” he continued. I’m shattered. I want to refocus attention on those who deserve it for their accomplishments, allowing the Academy to return to its tr-mendous work supporting innovation and artistry in cinema.”
Finally, he tendered his resignation from the Academy: “As a result, I am quitting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and I will accept any additional sanctions imposed by the Board. Change takes time, and I’m determined to putting in the effort necessary to guarantee that anger never again triumphs over rationality.” Following Smith’s departure, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ President, David Rubin, made a statement.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Rubin said, “We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.” “In advance of our next planned board meeting on April 18, we will continue to press through with our disciplinary processes against Mr. Smith for breaches of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct.”
The dispute erupted at the 2022 Academy Awards after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her bald head. The 50-year-old actress has previously stated that she suffers from alopecia, a disorder that causes her hair to fall out. Smith later apologized to Rock, saying in part on Monday in a long Instagram post, “Chris, I’d want to openly apologize to you. I was both out of line and incorrect. I’m humiliated, and my actions do not reflect the guy I aspire to be. Roughness has no place in a society of love and peace.”
In a statement released on Monday, the Academy said, “Mr. Smith’s conduct during last night’s performance was condemned by the Academy. In compliance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct, and California law, we have begun a formal investigation into the occurrence and will consider additional action and repercussions.” “The Board of Governors today introduced disciplinary hearings against Mr. Smith for infractions of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including improper physical interaction, exploitative or intimidating behaviour, and jeopardizing the moral fortitude of the Academy,” the Academy said in a statement to PEOPLE
Smith was asked to leave the event after sm-acking Rock, according to the report, but he disobeyed. Smith has been given 15 days to answer to the charges levied on him. At a board meeting, the Academy said that they “may pursue any punitive proceedings, which may include suspension, termination, or other consequences allowed by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct.” “I’m still digesting what occurred,” Rock said at a gig at The Wilbur in Boston on the event night, breaking his silence on the incident. Rock stated that he will consider talking about what transpired in a serious way at some time, but that he had planned an entire performance full of humor for that evening.