BREAKING: He’s Officially Resigning – It’s Done…

Speculation that Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars stage was staged and planned to increase viewership is proving to be false as things in the days following got very real for Will Smith.

“Two days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors initiated self-described ‘disciplinary proceedings’ against Will Smith over his slap of Chris Rock at Sunday’s Oscars, the ‘heartbroken’ King Richard Best Actor winner today has pre-empted the harshest punishment that he could have received and left the organization voluntarily,” reports Deadline.

“Sources said Smith was told by the Academy that he likely could be expelled for a decade or more,” reports Deadline.

“That possibility prompted Smith, who has been an AMPAS member since 2001, to jump today before he was pushed in hopes of defusing the situation,” according to Deadline.

Here is the full statement Smith provided to Deadline:

“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. 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.”

“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. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate.”

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

“Facing a growing backlash, Smith finally said sorry to Rock on March 28 via social media. Appearing in Boston on March 30 at the opening of his Ego Death tour, Rock said he was still ‘kinda processing’ what happened and didn’t have much more to say on the matter before jumping into his long-prepared stand-up material,” reports Deadline.

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