We’re almost one week removed from the “greatest moment in television history,” as Chris Rock called it. Will Smith slapped him at the Oscars (Mar. 27th) and his brother, Tony Rock, addressed it during his stand up set.
“If you think you going to walk up on this stage, this ain’t the muthaf*cking Oscars!” Tony Rock said. “And if you walk your ass up here, you ain’t nominated for sh*t but these muthaf*cking hands! Oh, we going to pop the rest of the year, n-gga. Every time you see me do a show, pop!” The video of his response started rotating the internet on Friday (April 1) and Tony’s anger was very visible. It had to be quite the experience watching your brother get slapped on the international stage.
He continued, “You gonna hit my muthaf*cking brother…”
Latest on Will Smith
The multi-faceted superstar announced on Friday that he would be resigning from the Academy. “I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate,” Smith said in a statement shared with CNN by his publicist. “Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason,” he continued.
David Rubin, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Friday that Smith’s “immediate” resignation will be accepted. “We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18,” Rubin added.
See Will Smith’s full statement below:
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film. So, I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”