The Academy has chosen sanctions against Will Smith for the slap to Chris Rock seen around the world during the Oscars telecast. Smith will be banned for 10 years from the Academy Awards. The news comes as a resurfaced video of the actor and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, shows a strained relationship. Some believe Smith’s meltdown during the Oscars telecast was triggered in part by tensions between he and his wife.
Is Will Smith laying low in Dubai? The actor may have fled Los Angeles and holed up in the desert kingdom, 8,000 miles away after slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, according to new reports. Smith and the Crown Prince are longtime friends. Smith often visits, and enjoys all the fringe benefits the wealthy nation has to offer, including indoor skiing and skydiving. Meanwhile, Smith’s talent agency CAA is said to have considered dropping him, but are sticking with him for now.
One of Will Smith’s former co-stars says he’ll never work with the Oscar-winner/slapper again. Paul Rodriguez appeared with Smith in the 2001 biopic “Ali.” He told Inside Edition’s Jim Moret that he experienced Smith’s rage up close and in person, and that it was terrifying. Smith packed on 35 pounds of muscle to play boxing legend Muhammad Ali. His startling transformation earned him his first Oscar nomination.
New video has emerged showing Will Smith demonstrating his fake slapping skills. It was taken at a “King Richard” screening in Los Angeles in November after a young fan asked the star how he learned to pantomime hitting someone. And Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock really was the slap heard around the world, as evidenced by the reaction one Ukrainian reporter in particular had to it. TV reporter Vitaly Sediuk was slapped by Smith at a red carpet event in Moscow back in 2012 after he tried to kiss Smith on the cheeks.
The Film Academy’s board of directors is holding an emergency meeting to decide how to respond to Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars. While he may be banned from next year’s ceremony, experts say it’s unlikely that his award will be revoked. Jim Carrey said he was disgusted at the standing ovation Smith got shortly after he slapped Rock. “I felt like Hollywood was spineless, en masse,” he said. Whoopi Goldberg posited that Smith’s race was part of why he wasn’t removed from the theater.