Will Smith Resigns from Academy Following Chris Rock Smack

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Will Smith is "heartbroken" following his actions at the Academy Awards.

People Magazine obtained a statement from the actor via his representative that states he is resigning from the Academy after his impromptu appearance on the Oscars's stage that resulted in him smacking comedian Chris Rock on live television. Rock had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head that caused Smith to have an outburst. Pinkett Smith has alopecia, a condition which causes one to lose their hair.

The 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." 

Shortly after the smack, Smith was presented with Best Actor for his role in "King Richard."

Smith had previously apologized to Rock and the Academy on his Instagram.

A day after the incident, the Academy issued the following the statement, "The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night's show. We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law."

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