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Will Smith news - live: ‘Heartbroken’ actor’s resignation from the Academy accepted by organisation

Best Actor winner resigns from Motion Picture Academy, saying list of those harmed by Oscars slap is “long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones”

Peony Hirwani
Sunday 03 April 2022 08:28 BST
Will Smith punches Chris Rock at the Oscars

Nearly a week after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, Hollywood is still abuzz with activity, as celebrities weigh in on the incident, while a “formal review” of the incident began at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Now they’ve got something new to talk about: the King Richard star has resigned from the Academy, which puts on the Oscars.

“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home,” Smith said in a statement. “I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.”

It’s the latest sign of friction between the Hollywood heavyweight and the film group.

Smith was reportedly asked to leave the Oscars after breaking the Academy’s code of conduct, but he refused.

Though Mr Rock has declined to press charges against Mr Smith, on Wednesday, during the sold-out Boston show of his Ego Death tour, Rock finally addressed the altercation and said he was “still processing.”

“I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that s***,” the comedian also said on stage, adding, “It’ll be serious. It’ll be funny, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes.”

You can follow all the developments about the “slap that was heard around the world” in our live blog below...


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How the stars have reacted to The Slap

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Judd Apatow and Kathy Griffin among stars condemning Will Smith Oscars hit

Director Judd Apatow deleted a tweet that received criticism after he claimed Smith ‘could have killed’ Rock

Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 07:31

Jada Pinkett Smith’s eye roll

Everyone is talking about Will Smith hitting Chris Rock over the joke he made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. But how did the actor and Red Table Talk host react herself?

Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 07:32

Why this year’s Oscars was a tasteless mess

Clarisse Loughrey’s appraisal on the most dramatic night in Oscars history has landed.

‘This year’s Oscars ceremony was a tasteless mess’

After one of the most dramatic Oscars ceremonies in recent memory, Clarisse Loughrey asks whether this was the ‘viral moment’ the Academy Awards were after, and questions whether organisers have lost all basic respect for the films they claim to honour

Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 07:57

While this year’s Oscars will be remembered for a clash between Will Smith and Chris Rock, the ceremony had some much more tender exchanges.

For example, Lady Gaga has been praised for a touching moment she shared with Liza Minnelli...

Lady Gaga praised for touching moment with Liza Minnelli at the Oscars

‘Real moment of the night was Lady Gaga showing absolute kindness, advocacy, and support for Liza Minnelli,’ one fan wrote

Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 08:07

Who was the biggest winner of the night?

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Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 08:09

Judd Apatow’s Will Smith tweet causes backlash

OK. Here we go. The reactions to the reactions to The Slap have begun.

Judd Apatow sparks backlash for commenting on Will Smith hitting Chris Rock

‘That was 100 per cent the greatest overreaction of all time,’ wrote one person of the director’s response

Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 08:22

Lots of people have been asking if Will Smith will have to give his Best Actor Oscar back after the altercation with Chris Rock. The Independent has contacted the Academy for comment on this.

In the meantime, many of his fans are very happy he took home the award.

Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 08:24

Philadelphian politician Brendan Boyle is one of the many, many Twitter users who has made a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air joke after Will Smith smacked Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars.

Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 08:52

Will Smith has addressed the Chris Rock altercation on his Instagram

After Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage over a joke the comedian made about his wife Jada, Smith wrote on Instagram: “You can’t invite people from Philly or Baltimore nowhere!!”

Read the full story here

Will Smith addresses Chris Rock Oscars drama on Instagram

Actor was seen striking the comedian on stage after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, fellow actor Jada Pinkett Smith

Ellie Harrison28 March 2022 09:14

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