Will Smith Resigns From Academy After Slapping Chris Rock at Oscars 

After slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage at last weekend's Academy Oscar 2022 

Will Smith announced on Friday that he has resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences 

The sudden announcement came late Friday afternoon, days after the Academy had condemned Mr. Smith’s actions and opened an inquiry into the incident. 

After the embarrassing episode at Sunday night's Oscars 

The Academy announced on Wednesday that it had "initiated disciplinary proceedings" against Smith. 

“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct, Smith said 

I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work 

He said that he would “accept any further consequences the board deems appropriate.” 

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

The academy said that it accepted his resignation. 

Now that he has resigned, Mr. Smith will no longer have access to academy screenings and events 

He will also not be able to vote in the Academy Awards 

However, he could still be nominated for an award, since being a member is not a requirement for eligibility. 

Smith publicly apologized to Rock the next day via social media.