Will Smith Quits Motion Picture Academy In Wake Of Oscars Scandal

Shared from Los Angeles, CA Posted Fri, Apr 1, 2022 at 4:38 pm PT Reply

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Actor Will Smith resigned his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Friday, saying he is “heartbroken” by his actions during Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, when we walked on stage at the Dolby Theatre and smacked comedian Chris Rock in the face.

In a statement first reported by Variety, Smith acknowledged receiving a disciplinary notice from the Academy and said he will “fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct.” “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” he said. “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.