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Will Smith “apologized” during a six-minute Zoom call with Oscar bosses

Will Smith reportedly video-called Academy bosses earlier this week to express his regret for beating Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Smith slapped and berated Rock after the 57-year-old comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s performance, live on stage at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 27.

The slap made headlines around the world and Smith now faces disciplinary action from the Academy.

While Smith apologized to the academy and the audience just minutes after the altercation while accepting his Oscar for best actor, he didn’t apologize to Rock.

However, the King Richard The actor issued a public apology to Rock on Monday (March 28), condemning violence as “destructive and toxic in all its forms.”

It has now been reported that Smith called Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson and apologized for his actions during a “quick” Zoom call on Tuesday (March 29).

A source with direct knowledge of the meeting between Smith, Ruben and Hudson recounted diversity The phone call lasted about 30 minutes.

A separate report from meetinghowever, claims the Zoom meeting only lasted six minutes.

During the call, Smith reportedly apologized for hitting Rock again and made it known that he understood his actions would have consequences.

Smith also reportedly tried to explain why Rock’s joke about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head sparked his reaction.

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Pinkett Smith has previously opened up about battling an autoimmune condition called alopecia, which causes excessive hair loss.

The academy said in a statement Wednesday night it had instituted “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith for violations of its standards of conduct, “including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior and endangering the integrity of the academy.”

Smith now faces a possible suspension, expulsion or other sanctions – a decision will be made at the Academy’s next board meeting on April 18.

Will Smith broke down in tears during his acceptance speech for the Best Actor award and apologized to the Academy for hitting Rock

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However, Academy board members have claimed they do not recall Rubin or Hudson informing them of Tuesday’s conversation with Smith.

“Why would they keep that from us,” asked an “insider” who attended Wednesday’s (March 30) board meeting Meeting. “It only adds to an atmosphere of distrust and lack of leadership.”

“This lack of transparency undermines our ability to come up with an appropriate resolution to this,” an academy member told the publication.

The academy also revealed in its statement Wednesday that Smith was asked to “leave the ceremony and refused.”

“We also recognize that we could have handled the situation differently,” the academy added.

Amid conflicting reports on whether or not Smith was asked to leave, Oscars organizers were criticized for their “impotent indecisiveness” after the altercation.

“I’m used to the impotent indecisiveness of the academy leaders at this point. But the idea that they made the call with determination and then didn’t take it is almost the worst version of history I can think of,” one viewer tweeted.

Oscar producer Will Packer narrates Good morning America that the LAPD was “ready” to arrest Smith for the slap, but Rock declined to press charges.

ABC released a clip of Packer’s upcoming interview on Thursday (March 31) ahead of Friday’s full US TV show.

Here is the full list of 2022 Oscar winners here. Check out the latest updates and reactions from the dramatic ceremony hereand read the main talking points here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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