Will Smith officially confirmed that he Resigned his Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Membership. In a statement after Resigning he told that:
“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,” Smith said. “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.”
After the incident (Chris Rock Slap) itself, the Academy asked Smith to leave the ceremony but he refused to leave, it was confirmed by a board member of the Academy.
With the resignation, Smith can no longer vote for the upcoming Oscars, but he can be nominated for Academy Awards, attend future ceremonies and keep the awards he won. The Academy told:
“We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” the Academy said in a statement. “We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”