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Watch Will Smith Resigns From Academy Membership Celeb News Video

“Will Smith has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after sparking controversy for slapping Chris Rock onstage at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.

“The actor, 53, who later that night went on to accept the best actor Oscar for his work in “King Richard,” announced in a statement sent by his reps to USA TODAY Friday that he will be withdrawing from the Academy due to his “shocking, painful and inexcusable” actions.

““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,” Smith continued. “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.””

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