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Academy Board of Directors postponed the meeting Will SmithSlap Chris Rock at the Oscars from April 18th to this Friday.

This decision follows Smith’s decision to resign from the Academy.

In a letter received by Fox News Digital, Academy President David Rubin called for a board meeting on Friday, April 8 at 9 a.m. PT.

The letter begins “to address potential sanctions in response to Will Smith’s actions during the Oscar ceremony, which aired on March 27.”

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The Academy’s Board of Directors will meet on Zoom to discuss Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars on Friday.
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“Following Mr. Smith’s resignation from the Academy on Friday, April 1, suspension or expulsion is no longer possible and the legally prescribed timeline no longer applies. It is in the interest of all concerned that this be addressed in a timely manner,” the letter signed by Rubin said.

The meeting will be held via Zoom.

Smith announced his resignation in a statement to Fox News Digital last Friday, saying he “betrayed the Academy’s trust.”

“I have responded directly to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful, and unforgivable. The list of those I’ve hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many dear friends and loved ones, everyone there, and a global audience at home. I betrayed the trust of the academy,” Smith said.

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Smith added that he was “deprived of the chance to celebrate other nominees and winners” and said he would accept the results from the board.

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's bald head.

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in reference to ‘GI Jane’ after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Pinkett Smith battled alopecia.
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“I have deprived the other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate their outstanding work. My heart is broken. I want to reemphasize those who deserve to be recognized for their achievements and let the Academy return to the incredible work it has done in promoting creativity and the arts in film. Therefore, I am resigning as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept other results as the board deems appropriate.

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“Change takes time, and I am determined to do this so that violence never again gets in the way of reason,” Smith added.

Soon after, Rubin said the Academy had accepted Smith’s resignation and would continue to pursue disciplinary proceedings against Smith.

He slapped The Rock after making a joke about Smith by Jada Pinkett Smith bald head mentions “GI Jane”. Pinkett Smith battled alopecia.

“Jada, ‘GI Jane 2, I can’t wait to see it,'” Rock said on stage at the Oscars. Pinkett Smitt was present at the event.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
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“Wow, Will Smith hit me,” said Rock after being slapped by Smith.

“Don’t say my wife’s name,” Smith said.

Smith apologized when he received the best actor award for his role in “King Richard.”

“I want to apologize to the academy. “I want to apologize to all my nominees,” he said. “This is a beautiful moment.”

Smith again apologized the next day, tagging Chris Rock in an Instagram post.

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Will Smith wins his first Oscar

Will Smith won his first Oscar for “King Richard”.
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“All forms of violence are poisonous and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and unforgivable. “Pranks at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was just too much for me and I reacted emotionally,” she said. “I want to apologize to you in front of everyone, Chris. I was out of place and wrong. I was embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I wanted to be. In a world of love and kindness, there is no room for violence.”

Meanwhile, The Rock has been doing stand-up since the Oscar event, and on his first return to the stage last week he told a Boston crowd that he was “still trying to figure out what’s going on.”

“At some point, I’m going to talk about it – it’s going to be serious and it’s going to be funny,” Rock continued.

Fox News’s Michael Ruiz and Sarah Rumpf contributed to this story.