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Will Smith: Read the heartbroken actor’s full resignation letter as the actor steps down from the Oscars board

Will Smith has sent a resignation letter to the Academy, revoking his membership of the Academy’s Academy Awards panel.

On Friday (April 1), five days after beating Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 ceremony, Smith made the decision to step down after reportedly facing disciplinary action.

The actor was set to find out what the Academy’s board members, including Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg and Laura Dern, decided on April 18. President of the Academy

David Rubin accepted Smith’s resignation but said, “We will continue to advance our disciplinary process against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s standards of conduct before our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”

Smith announced in a new statement that he would be stepping down, leading many to wonder what that means for the actor’s future at the Oscars.

Read Smith’s full resignation statement below:

“I responded directly to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing and will fully accept any consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards 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, everyone present and the global audience back home. “I betrayed the academy’s trust. I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at 022 Oscars

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“I want to bring the focus back to those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to go back to the incredible work they do to support creativity and artistry in film. As such, I am resigning my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any further consequences that the board deems appropriate.

“Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”

While Rock said he was “still processing what happened” during his first stand-up show after the incident, a source close to the comedian claimed the comedian “had no idea” Pinkett Smith had alopecia.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/will-smith-oscars-2022-chris-rock-b2049658.html Will Smith: Read the heartbroken actor’s full resignation letter as the actor steps down from the Oscars board

JOE HERNANDEZ

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