CINEMA – Will Smith has decided to resign from the Academy of Oscars after the blow that he punched comedian Chris Rock in the middle of the ceremony awards ceremony, he said in a statement.
“My actions during the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and unforgivable,” writes Will Smith in this text, which was quoted Friday, April 1, by several specialist Hollywood media outlets.
“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, anyone who was in the audience or at home,” the 53-year-old continued.
“I resign as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept such consequences as the Board of Directors deems appropriate,” he said.
It’s a Chris Rock joke about the cropped hair of Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife who…a disease that causes severe hair lossthat led to the scandal on Sunday evening.
Will Smith suddenly took the stage and slammed Chris Rock in front of the stunned eyes of celebrities and viewers (see the video below†
“I have violated the trust of the Academy”
“I have violated the trust of the Academy. I have denied other participants and winners the opportunity to celebrate their extraordinary work. I am devastated,” he laments in his text.
Tens of minutes after the blow, Will Smith returned to the Oscars stage to receive the Best Actor award for his role in The Williams Method†
The Academy of Oscars has launched disciplinary proceedings against the artist.
The Academy’s board of directors said it would meet on April 18 to decide on his case and possible sanctions.
“I want to apologize to you publicly, Chris. What I did was inappropriate and I was wrong”, Will Smith wrote on Instagram on Monday in a first apology message †to read below† “My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and unforgivable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health problem was too much for me and I reacted emotionally,” he explained, explicitly rejecting ‘any violence’ .
Oscar night producer pays tribute to Chris Rock’s composure
Voices went up to demand that Will Smith take his Oscar, but others pointed out that neither Harvey Weinstein, a former Hollywood mogul convicted of rape and sexual assault, nor director Roman Polanski had been forced to return their statuette after she was killed. had been released from prison. Academy.
Oscar night producer Will Packer paid tribute to Chris Rock’s composure and professionalism, who he says saved Oscar night. “It’s because Chris handled that moment with elegance and poise that we were able to continue the show,” Will Packer said Friday on ABC television.
After being punched, the comedian had quickly chained himself up and presented the trophy for best documentary as expected. He then preferred to play atonement and declined to file a complaint against Will Smith that the police were ready to arrest for his gesture.
“It allowed us to continue with the show, which we wanted to do,” said the producer.
Chris Rock spoke out about the incident for the first time on Wednesday evening, shortly after arriving on stage for a show in Boston. “I’m still processing what happened. So at some point I’m going to talk about these things. And it will be serious and funny,” he said.
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