A short, previously undisclosed virtual meeting between Will Smith and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson on March 29 could cause another crisis for the Oscar organization.
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The six-minute zoom call launched by the King Richard The Rubin and Hudson star mostly saw Smith apologize, yet again, for slapping Chris Rock on Sunday’s live TV show.
The new shockwave hits hard because members of the Academy’s Board of Governors who met yesterday to begin disciplinary proceedings against Smith were unaware.
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“Why would they hide this from us? exclaimed an insider who attended Wednesday’s board meeting. “It only contributes to an atmosphere of suspicion and lack of leadership.”
With seemingly conflicting reports now swirling about how Smith was allegedly invited and refused to leave the Dolby Theater after hitting Rock, efforts by the nearly 50-member Board of Governors to find a proper solution to the situation of Here his next meeting scheduled for April 18 could fracture based on news of Rubin and Hudson’s March 29 virtual meeting with Smith. the King Richard The Best Actor Oscar winner has at least 15 days notice from yesterday before the vote on his violations and penalties, to be heard first by means of a written response.
“What else don’t we know about what is happening or what happened on Sunday?” another well-placed Academy member said of the interaction between Smith, Rubin and Hudson.
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“This lack of transparency compromises our ability to find an appropriate solution to the whole,” the AMPAS member added.
Rubin and Hudson heard Smith’s apology about how he lost it over Rock’s “GI Jane 2” joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Rubin and Hudson informed Smith that a meeting with the governors was taking place to determine what punitive action should be taken against the Oscar-winning actor. King Richard Best actor.
The Board of Governors met yesterday and agreed by a majority to investigate Smith’s altercation. Their next board meeting on April 18 will decide what disciplinary action may be taken against the Oscar-winning actor. This may include suspension, expulsion or other penalties permitted by the statutes and standards of conduct. While Smith could potentially be kicked out of AMPAS, many sources don’t believe he will lose his Oscar.
AMPAS also released a statement on Wednesday saying, “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and declined, we also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently.”
However, those close to Smith on Sunday night say he was never directly asked by anyone associated with AMPAS to leave the Dolby Theatre; the idea was instead pitched to the actor by Oscar Brass via Smith’s publicist.
Oscars producer Will Packer is the first among the awards’ top brass to speak publicly about what happened hello america tomorrow morning.
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This interview was teased world news tonight tonight, with Packer revealing details about the LAPD’s conversation with Rock on Sunday night.
“They were like, ‘It’s a battery.’ That’s the word they used at the time,” Packer said. CMGit’s TJ Holmes. “They said, ‘We’ll get him. We’re ready. We’ll get him right away. You can press charges. We can arrest him. They were laying out the options. And as they were talking, Chris was, he was very dismissive of those options. He was like, ‘No, I’m fine.’ He was like, ‘No, no, no.’ And even to the point where I said, ‘Rock, let them finish.’ The LAPD officers are finishing up what his options were. And they said, ‘Do you want us to take action?’ And he said, ‘No.’ ”
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On Wednesday night, Rock kicked off his Ego Death World Tour at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, saying “I haven’t spoken to anyone despite what you may have heard”, and added that he “is still processing this happened” and that “at some point” he will talk about “this shit” and “it will be serious and it will be funny.
Representatives for Smith and the Academy did not return a request for comment.
Variety was first to report on Tuesday’s call between Smith and Oscar bosses.
You can watch Sunday’s controversial Oscars moment below.