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Will Smith Refused To Leave The Oscars After Chris Rock Slap

Will Smith was reportedly asked to leave the Oscars and refused to do so after slapping Chris Rock.

According to TMZ, Will was asked to leave by David Rubin, the President of the Academy, and Dawn Hudson, the CEO. He would not leave and was still allowed to receive his best actor Oscar award.

They also wrote a letter saying they will meet to investigate the slap.

WILL SMITH SMACKS CHRIS ROCK

Dear Members,

Sunday’s telecast of the 94th Oscars was meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year. We are upset and outraged that those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior on stage by a nominee. To be clear, we condemn Mr. Smith’s actions that transpired Sunday night.

As outlined in our bylaws, the Academy’s Board of Governors will now make a determination on appropriate action for Mr. Smith. As governed by California law regarding members of nonprofit organizations like the Academy, and set forth in our Standards of Conduct, this must follow an official process that will take a few weeks.

We will continue to update you on any developments, but we also ask that you respect your Board, Academy staff and the process as this unfolds so it can work in the considered way it was intended and mandated. Please trust that the Board of Governors will conduct this process in a manner that is both expedient and respectful of all involved while maintaining the standards of the Academy.

Thank you,

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

David Rubin, President

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Dawn Hudson

CEO