By now, we have all heard of the incident at Sunday’s 94th Academy Awards between Will Smith and Chris Rock. Will Smith slapped Chris Rick during the telecast over a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada.
Fallout from the slap has been leaking all week from Will Smith being asked to leave, but refusing, and disciplinary action starting. This very well could have significant impacts on the rest of his career.
TMZ reported and confirmed that today Will Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Smith’s statement to the disciplinary committee read:
“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.”
As previously reported, the Academy’s disciplinary board is set to meet on April 18th to discuss this further and impose any consequences on Smith.
One can only wonder, what the future could hold for Will Smith’s career? Let us know below in the comments.
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