- Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on the Oscar stage
- Will Smith won the Best Actor award the same night
- He won for his role in ‘King Richard’
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has said it is “sorry and outraged” over the behavior of Hollywood star Will Smith during the 2022 Oscars where he slapped actor and comedian Chris Rock on stage. AMPAS President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson sent a letter to Academy members, promising that the organization would take “appropriate action” on the incident after a formal process that would take “several weeks”.
“Sunday’s broadcast of the 94th Oscars aims to celebrate the many individuals in our community who did an incredible job last year. We are disappointed and outraged that those moments were overshadowed by unacceptable and dangerous behavior on stage by a candidate.
“To be clear, we condemn Mr. Smith’s actions that took place Sunday night. As outlined in our by-laws, the Academy Governing Body will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith. As governed by California law regarding members nonprofit organizations such as the Academy, and set out in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow a formal process that will take several weeks, ”the letter reads.
The live broadcast of the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday was marred by an incident in which Rock made a joke at the expense of actress Jada Pinkett Smith and Smith responded by slapping the actor’s comic on stage.
The incident began when Rock took to the stage to announce the winner of the best documentary feature award and made a nasty joke about Pinkett-Smith, saying she could star in the sequel “GI Jane”, referring to her shaved head due to autoimmune disorder alopecia.
The angry Smith went up and hit Rock in the face, shocking the audience members as well as the millions of spectators of the event.
Smith then won the best actor trophy for his performance in the film King Richard |. He apologized to the Oscars organizers in his acceptance speech but not to Rock, who refused to sue Smith.
On Monday, that Bad boy the star publicly delivered an apology to Rock on Instagram.
The letter further stated that it will continue to update members on “any developments, but we also ask that you respect the Board of Directors, your Academy staff and the process during this matter so that it can function in the way it is considered intended and mandated”.
“Please trust that the Board of Governors will conduct this process in a beneficial manner and respect all involved while maintaining the standards of the Academy,” the letter concludes.
Shortly after the slapgate controversy, the Academy condemned Smith’s actions and then launched an official review of the incident that would have been one of the most shocking moments in Oscar history.
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