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'My Actions Were Shocking': Will Smith Resigns From Academy Over Oscars Slap

Smith wrote in a statement that he will "accept further consequences".

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Will Smith has resigned from the body that awards the Oscars after he slapped comedian and presenter Chris Rock during the ceremony for cracking a joke on Jada Pinkett Smith's medical condition, a statement said on Friday, 1 April.

"I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate," the actor wrote in a statement, which was carried by multiple outlets.
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"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."

The statement further read, "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."

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Topics:  Will Smith   Chris Rock   Oscars 2022 

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