The actor was severely chastised for his Oscars slap on the comic, which went viral.
“I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate,” Smith said in a statement that was widely circulated.
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” he continued. “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,” the actor, who received his first Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal in “King Richard,” added.
“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,” his statement concluded.
As we previously reported, Smith struck Rock in the face with an open palm and yelled a profanity at him for making a joke about his wife’s looks at the Oscars event on Sunday.
Producer Will Packer alleges that police alerted Rock that they were going to take Smith out of the crowd and arrest him for battery, but the comedian dismissed the authorities.
Smith has since apologized for his actions on the night of the awards. Chris, on the other hand, indicated during his act on Wednesday night that he’s still digesting what happened and that he’ll address it later on his comedy tour.
Reactions to Will Smith Resigns From The Academy Following Oscars Slap
Good. Their loss. Will is much too decent a guy to be connected up to that racist outfit. https://t.co/v4e34OIPKl— Bettie Rose 🌻 (@BettieRose100) April 2, 2022
Good, he acted like a thug and child. https://t.co/FHowbfPrDM— Bobby McKernie (@rmckernie) April 1, 2022
Hopefully that includes never inviting him to the Oscars ceremony again. He should have been arrested on Sunday. https://t.co/3wARv75mmz— Ana Guerrero (@1aguerrero) April 2, 2022
Good Bye Will Smith. Also, He Will Be Next Divorce > Jada. U Never Know!! https://t.co/ykM5lrciXN— Ꮸꪋ♍︎ᥱჁࠈᥰ (@Cameron17z) April 1, 2022
Resigning before they can kick him out.. another PR move. 🙄 https://t.co/laDZkZwnHg— Kymberly (@kymberlyh) April 1, 2022
Y'all defending him will help him beg Oscars https://t.co/wzcT2JjyIw— F. Keyz🍳 (@dannykeyz__) April 1, 2022
You can’t fire me cause I quit https://t.co/hus2fwduYF— Canada Goose (@CanadaGoose411) April 1, 2022
I don’t recall too many instances when someone under investigation for wrongdoing implements some form of self discipline. https://t.co/Ug7hTxUets— Roy Snell (@RoyJSnell) April 2, 2022
Will Smith losing the plot over a crass joke is not a good look plus not leaving the venue after he was asked to leave compounds the assault on Chris Rock. This won't end well for Mr. Smith https://t.co/vtBQ8PFOD4— Celtic SC©®™ (@Celtic67Fins72) April 1, 2022