After Oscars slapgate, Will Smith is to resign from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has released a statement apologizing and saying he takes full responsibility for what happened and that he intends to face the consequences.
Oscars producer Will Packer appeared on Good Morning America and highlighted that it was Chris Rock himself who both declined to press charges and also declined to have Smith forcibly removed from the ceremony. Smith’s statement reads:
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct.
My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. 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.
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.”
The Academy will still hold its disciplinary meeting, with Smith expecting to face some sanctions. He will also be the subject of an inquiry by his union SAG-AFTRA.