Will Smith resigns from Academy over Chris Rock slap

Will Smith has announced that he’s resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science after slapping Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars.

In a statement on Friday, the actor once again apologized for his actions during the telecast and noted that he will “accept any further consequences.”

“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,” Smith expressed. “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.”