Following his actions at the 94th Academy Awards, he was under increasing pressure to resign.
Chris Rock was slapped by the actor after making a G.I Jane joke at his wife Jayda.
Will Smith announced in a statement that he is “resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.”
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“Change takes time, and I am dedicated to doing the work necessary to ensure that I never again allow violence to triumph over reason,” Will added.
In an Instagram post, the actor expressed his regret to the comedian.
Will Smith has been subjected to disciplinary proceedings by the Academy, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
Will Smith expressed his heartbreak for his actions in his resignation statement.
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” he admitted.
“The list of those I have hurt is long, and it includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance, and global audiences at home,” he continued.