Will Smith resigns from the Academy: ‘The list of people I’ve hurt is long’

Will Smith resigns from the Academy:
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The actor has published a new text to explain his decision.

End of the soap opera? Under investigation, Will Smith took the lead in announcing Friday night that he was resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The actor risked a heavy suspension, even a radiation, which was to be announced on April 18. He preferred to stop the charges and admitted in a press release that the incident he caused had overshadowed the other winners of the 2022 Oscars.

The list of people I’ve hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all the guests, and viewers around the world. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken“.

I want to refocus on those who deserve attention for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to resume the incredible work it does to support creativity and artists in cinema. Change takes time, and I’m committed to working to make sure I never let violence take over reason again.“.

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This decision and this speaking out are welcome as the media frenzy around his slap has not weakened for a week. A great confusion reigns around the course of the evening, after the press release from the Academy which claimed to have asked Will Smith to leave the ceremony after his gesture. An information denied by the sources of variety, according to whom the producer of the show, Will Packer, would have asked Will Smith to stay. The latter assured for his part that Chris Rock himself had asked him not to expel Will Smith. But the comedian’s entourage denied this version of the facts.

At last, according to Deadline there was never any question of taking away Will Smith’s Oscar for best actor, received for his role in The Williams Method.

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