Actor Will Smith has made the decision to resign from the Academy following his assault on Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The incident occurred Last Sunday while Rock served as the presenter for the 94th season of the award show.
During the show, Rock made a Gi- Jane joke related to Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head. While Smith appeared to laugh at the joke at first, he then looked at his wife who suffers from alopecia and appeared unimpressed.
Will Smith then promptly walked up to Rock on stage and slapped him in the face before returning to his seat.
He later apologized for his actions:
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
The academy has since come out against Smith’s actions promising some form of discipline.
On Friday, Smith resigned from the Academy and reported that he will accept their discipline.
“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.”