Will Smith Refused to Leave Oscars After Chris Rock Slap

Shortly after Will Smith and Chris Rock’s confrontation in the course of the 2022 Oscars, the Academy requested the departure of the King Richard star.

“Mr. Smith’s actions on the 94th Oscars had been a deeply stunning, traumatic occasion to witness in-person and on tv,” the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences wrote in a Wednesday, March 30, assertion through the Associated Press. “Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you skilled on our stage and thanks in your resilience in that second. We additionally apologize to our nominees, friends and viewers for what transpired throughout what ought to have been a celebratory occasion.”

The assertion continued: “Issues unfolded in a means we couldn’t have anticipated. Whereas we want to make clear that Mr. Smith was requested to depart the ceremony and refused, we additionally acknowledge we might have dealt with the scenario in another way.”

The Saturday Evening Reside alum, 57, introduced an award in the course of the Sunday, March 27, ceremony after cracking a number of jokes, together with one the place he quipped that Jada Pinkett Smith could be nice in a G.I. Jane sequel as a result of her shaved head. (Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia.) The Maryland native, 50, rolled her eyes at her Madagascar costar earlier than her husband, whom she wed in 1997, walked onstage and smacked Rock throughout the face.

“Preserve my spouse’s title out your f—king mouth,” the Males In Black actor, 53, yelled after returning to his seat.

Will Smith and Chris Rock.
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At some point later, a supply advised Us Weekly completely that the Academy was debating if Smith “must be eliminated” instantly from the ceremony after the incident.

Following the incident, the Academy’s Board of Governors launched “disciplinary proceedings” in opposition to Smith’s conduct on Wednesday, wanting into any potential “violations of the Academy’s Requirements of Conduct, together with inappropriate bodily contact, abusive or threatening habits, and compromising the integrity of the Academy.” Smith’s case will probably be heard on the April 18 board assembly wherein the Academy can take any disciplinary motion vital, which might embrace suspension, expulsion or different sanctions.

Whereas Rock has not publicly addressed the incident, the Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air alum has since publicly apologized to Rock for his actions.

“Violence in all of its types is toxic and harmful,” Smith wrote through Instagram on Monday, March 28. “My habits finally evening’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. … I used to be out of line and I used to be incorrect. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the person I wish to be. There is no such thing as a place for violence in a world of affection and kindness. I might additionally prefer to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the present, all of the attendees and everybody watching around the globe.”

Us beforehand confirmed that the Everyone Hates Chris creator didn’t file a report with the Los Angeles Police Division.

Us Weekly has reached out for remark.

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