It has been revealed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after slapping Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife. However, according to the statement from the Academy, Smith “refused” to leave.

In a newly released statement from the Academy issued to People magazine, “Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated. While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”

So, Smith was asked to leave the event, but refused and then went on to win an Oscar right after. But what was the Academy going to do? Drag him out of the theater?

It seems like Smith disrespected them twice in one night which doesn’t bode well for his future with the prestigious awards show.

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The Academy’s statement also confirmed that disciplinary proceedings against Smith have been initiated by the Board of Governors for his “violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy.”

The statement further elaborated on these proceedings, saying, “Consistent with the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, as well as California law, Mr. Smith is being provided at least 15 days’ notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions, and the opportunity to be heard beforehand by means of a written response.”

Will Smith celebrating with his Oscar after the show

 

The Academy also delivered an apology to Chris Rock, all attendees at the event, and everyone watching from home, saying, “Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television. Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience in that moment. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what transpired during what should have been a celebratory event.”
On April 18, the Academy “may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct.”

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