LOS ANGELES (KNX) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it will meet Friday, April 8th, to discuss disciplinary action against actor Will Smith for slapping comedian Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony.
Members were originally going to meet April 18; however, Academy President David Rubin said in a letter, “It is in the best interest of all involved for this to be handled in a timely fashion.”
Rubin also said that because Smith announced his resignation from the Academy, “suspension or expulsion are no longer a possibility and the legally prescribed timetable no longer applies."
Last week, the actor announced his resignation, calling his actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable.”
"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,” he wrote.
“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.
Smith slapped Rock during the live broadcast after the comedian made a joke on stage about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
After Smith slapped the comedian, he walked back to his seat and yelled at the comedian to “Keep my wife's name out your f***ing mouth!"
Smith later went on to win Best Actor for his role as Serena and Venus Williams’ father in “King Richard.”
The next day, Smith posted an apology on his Instagram, addressing both Rock and the Academy.