Will Smith’s behavior ‘outraged’ Academy, says decision could take weeks

The letter from Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson says the group is working on a “determination” on “appropriate action” for Smith, which could “take a few weeks.”

Smith was criticized for storming off stage at Sunday night’s Oscars and slapping presenter Chris Rock after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The letter says the process will be conducted in a manner that is both expeditious and respectful of everyone involved while adhering to Academy standards.

As previously reported by CNN, the Academy’s Board of Governors is holding its annual post-Oscars meeting on Wednesday, with Smith’s slap being their “top priority,” according to a source familiar with the process.

This meeting should take place in the evening.


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