Will Smith refused to leave Oscars 2022 after Chris Rock slap

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 Will Smith refused to leave Oscars 2022 after Chris Rock slap

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences says they asked Will Smith to leave the Oscars on Sunday after he slapped Chris Rock, but the actor refused.



“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” The Academy told the Associated Press Wednesday. “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.”



They didn’t comment on what measures they took to remove the “King Richard” star, but TMZ reports it was David Rubin, the President of the Academy, and Dawn Hudson, the CEO, who spoke with Smith at the show.



The Academy also apologized to the comedian in a statement, “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.”



Earlier in the week, The Academy condemned Smith’s actions and launched a formal review into the incident.



Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at the OscarsAccording to the Academy, Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars and refused.Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag



On Monday, Smith — who socked Rock for making a bald joke toward his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith — also apologized for his “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” actions.



“My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about my Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.



“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”



Will Smith accepting his OscarThe Academy hasn’t announced what consequences, if any, Smith will face for his actions.Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP



Minutes after the shocking slap seen ’round the world, Smith took home the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “King Richard,” playing Serena and Venus Williams’ father — who has also condemned Smith’s actions.



Meanwhile, all eyes are on Rock tonight, who landed in Boston earlier today for his first show since he was hit.



Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at the vanity fair oscar partyA bald joke aimed at Jada Pinkett Smith prompted Smith to get onstage and smack Rock.Getty Images



Many wondered whether Rock would file a police report about the incident, but sources exclusively told Page Six on Wednesday that he “isn’t even thinking about suing” Smith and is focusing on his tour.



Reps for Smith did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.



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