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The Academy Now Says Will Smith Was Asked To Leave the Oscars but He Refused To Go

By Mike Redmond | Pajiba Love | March 30, 2022 |

By Mike Redmond | Pajiba Love | March 30, 2022 |


After several days of reports claiming that the Academy and ABC producers hesitated for too long on reaching a decision on whether or not to have Will Smith removed from the Oscars after he slapped Chris Rock, the Academy has now issued a statement clarifying that Smith was, in fact, asked to leave the event. However, he refused to go, and obviously, they let him get away with it because it’s almost like this whole thing has been in the celebrity entitlement lane the entire time. Who’d a thunk? (THR)

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