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Will Smith broke conduct code says Academy after Slap

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Will Smith was asked to leave Sunday’s Oscars after hitting Chris Rock but refused. Many have questioned why Smith was allowed to remain seated front row at the Academy Awards after the incident. On Wednesday, the academy suggested that it attempted to remove the actor from the audience.

“We also recognize we could have handled the situation differently,” the organization said. Will Smith refused to leave Oscars after slapping Chris Rock, broke conduct code, Academy says, “We also recognize we could have handled the situation differently,” the organization said according to a report by New York Post.

“Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” the academy said. “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.”

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“Mr. Smith’s actions at the 94th Oscars were a deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television,” the academy said. “Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience in that moment. We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what transpired during what should have been a celebratory event.”

On Monday, Smith issued an apology to Rock, the academy and to viewers, saying “I was out of line and I was wrong.”

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Whoopi Goldberg is on the academy’s board. She said she does not believe Smith’s Oscar should be taken away from him. But on “The View” Wednesday, Goldberg suggested Smith does need to be punished.

“There are consequences, there are big consequences,” she said.