Academy Reveals What Will Smith Did AFTER The “Slap” That Landed Him in Very Hot Water

Academy Reveals What Will Smith Did AFTER The “Slap” That Landed Him in Very Hot Water

The Academy is not happy with Will Smith.

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They’re meeting to see what will happen to him after he slapped comedian Chris Rock during the Oscar ceremony.

Smith apologized to the academy, but it took him an entire day to apologize to Chris Rock.

However, the bigger issue now is what Will Smith did after the slap.

Apparently, Smith’s team was asked to leave the Oscars by a very high-ranking member of the Academy, and his team refused to leave… and now that the rest of the Academy is fully aware of this, they are shocked and rather dismayed and looking at their options.

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Deadline Reported that the Academy is now revealing that the now Best Actor winner was actually requested to exit the Dolby Theater after striking Rock over a crack about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hair. A request the King Richard star distinctly declined.

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“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,” the Academy said of the disturbing incident at the Will Packer produced 94th Academy Awards.

Though Smith was seen talking with Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper and Tyler Perry almost right after slapping and screaming at Rock, it was actually a member of the Academy’s top leadership that sought to have the former Fresh Prince exit, I hear. In a move to avoid another blow-up, the request was not made to Smith directly, but through the actor’s flacks, it seems.

A number of the Board of Governors, which include Stephen Spielberg, past Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg and Participant CEO David Linde, at today’s virtual meeting did not know about Smith being asked to leave on Sunday. “It was a real shocker,” one insider close to the situation told Deadline of the revelation.

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In the minutes and hours right after the assault of Rock, Oscar organizers and producers took a lot of flak for seemingly allowing Smith to stay in his front to seat next to Pinkett-Smith. The apparent paralysis was further exacerbated by the odds-on favored nominee having a near full 45-minutes to sit there before his win in the Best Actor category was unveiled.

In his long and tear streaked acceptance speech, Smith made contrasts between his behavior and that of Richard Williams, father of the legendary Venus and Serena, to take care and protect his family. While apologizing to the Academy and others — as well as requesting to invited back — Smith said nada about or to Rock.

Even with the news of the failed request on March 27, coming three days after the Slap Heard Round the World still reverberates Wednesday’s Board of Governors gathering was always going to be about what to do next, not bringing down the hammer. “Expect this to more C-Span than CNN,” one participant told Deadline before today’s digital sit-down.

Will Smith slapping Chris Rock was one of the biggest bonehead “career moves” ever.

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Not only is the public mad and disappointed with him, but many of his peers are as well.

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