Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars after he slapped Chris Rock—he refused

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences put out a formal statement about the Will Smith slap debacle on Wednesday that serves as a public apology to Chris Rock. But it also reveals the group asked Smith to leave the night of the incident.

A statement issued by the Academy read, “Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television. 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.”

“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated. 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.”

Smith apologized to everyone except Rock during his acceptance speech that same evening after winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in King Richard. In an Instagram post the following day, the actor finally apologized to Rock.

Jim Carrey called Hollywood “spineless” and labeled Will Smith as “selfish.”

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