So was Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars or nah? What the hell is going on here?

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I swear to God, I’m not going to keep talking about this. I’m bored by it, you’re bored by it, we’re all bored by it. BUT. There’s something weird going on here with the whole story about Will Smith, The Slap, and the Academy’s response.

Yesterday, the Academy put out a statement claiming that they asked Will Smith to leave following the incident, but that he “refused:”

“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.”

Now, in that Deadline story in the link, you’ll note that the official statement does not include what actually happened:

“Although Smith was seen talking with Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, and Tyler Perry soon after he slapped and screamed at Rock, it actually was a member of the Academy’s top leadership that sought to have the former Fresh Prince exit, I hear. In a move to avoid another blow-up, the request was not made to Smith directly but through the actor’s reps, it seems.

Well. That’s a little different than what the Academy said, now isn’t it?

And so, predictably, “sources” (read: Smith’s publicists/managers/handlers) are claiming that he was NOT officially asked to leave, and that in fact, the producer of the show, Will Packer, personally told Smith he wanted him to stay.

On The View this morning, Academy Board member Whoopi Goldberg insists that he was asked to leave, and according to this story, it was Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson who suggested to Smith’s representative that he go. “Smith’s rep approached the actor with the suggestion, and he reportedly told her, according to a well-placed source that night, ‘I want to make this right, I want to stay and apologize.’”

So, in short, it sounds like the Academy wanted him to leave, ABC and the show’s producers wanted him to stay (for obvious reasons), Smith brushed off a pretty weak request to go, and now everyone is calling everyone else a liar. 

As for Chris Rock: his tour has sold out, and he says he is “still kinda processing what happened.”

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  • April 8: Undercover Boss
  • April 21: Ghosts
  • May 4: Good Sam
  • May 6: Magnum P.I.
  • May 6: Blue Bloods
  • May 15: The Equalizer
  • May 18: Beyond the Edge
  • May 19: Young Sheldon
  • May 19: United States of Al
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  • May 22: S.W.A.T.
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  • May 23: NCIS
  • May 23: NCIS: Hawai`i
  • May 24: FBI
  • May 24: FBI: International
  • May 24: FBI: Most Wanted
  • May 25: Survivor
  • May 26: Bull


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