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Will Smith has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The move comes amid a possible suspension or expulsion for slapping Chris Rock during Sunday’s Oscars. He described his actions as “tragic, painful and unforgivable.”
“The list of those I’ve hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dearest friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance and the worldwide audience at home,” Smith said in a statement. “I have betrayed the trust of the academy. I have deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate for their extraordinary work. I’m very upset. “
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Smith revealed that he knows his actions have taken focus from other worthy nominees and winners.
“I want to return the focus to those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the academy to return to incredible work to support creativity and artistry in film. Therefore, I am resigning from the membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences if the Board deems it appropriate, “Smith wrote.
He added that “change takes time” although he was “committed to working to ensure that I never again allow violence to go unnoticed.”
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During Sunday’s Oscars, Smith jumped on stage and slapped Rock for making fun of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. She is suffering from alopecia. Smith then returns to his seat where he continues to yell at Rock.
Smith won an Oscar for Best Actor where he apologized to the academy but not to Rock. On Monday, Smith finally apologized, saying “I was out of line and I was wrong” and “a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear.”