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Will Smith: Whoopi Goldberg denies speculation the actor’s career may be over

Whoopi Goldberg has denied speculation that the March 27 Oscars controversy has irrevocably damaged Will Smith’s career.

Goldberg discussed Smith’s future Hollywood prospects on Monday night’s (April 4) episode The view amid backlash over his altercation with Chris Rock.

the King Richard The actor slapped and berated Rock over a joke the comedian made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, at the live Oscars ceremony. His behavior drew criticism from fans and celebrities alike, prompting the academy to launch disciplinary proceedings against him.

Ahead of the Academy’s upcoming decision on appropriate sanctions on April 18, a “heartbroken” Smith resigned from the Academy last week.

While accepting the resignation of the best actor winner from the Academy, President David Rubin also clarified, “We will commence our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s standards of conduct before our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”

Academy board members include Laura Dern, Steven Spielberg and Goldberg.

While discussing Louis CK’s widely condemned Grammy win for Best Comedy Album on Sunday (April 3), Goldberg, 66, began by saying, “Some people found that controversial, but that [Grammys] had nothing like that [the slap]what is ok

“Also some of Will SmithThe future projects of are in question,” Goldberg continued, adding, “The question is, does he have a way back? Yes, of course he does… He’ll be fine, he’ll come back. No worries.”

It was reported on Friday that Netflix had scrapped its upcoming film starring Smith. Fast and easyShe was “on the back burner” after the Oscar incident.

The Hollywood Reporter claimed Netflix previously called for a director after filmmaker David Leitch decided against it Fast and easy in favor of a Universal film starring Ryan Gosling.

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However, after Smith beat Rock at the Oscars, the streamer “quietly shelved the project.”

Will Smith beats Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars

The Independent has reached out to Netflix officials for comment.

Goldberg, who is acting governor of the Academy’s Acting Division, first addressed the slap on last week’s episode of the US talk show, explaining, “It was a lot of stuff [that] probably built”.

“I think he overreacted … I think he had one of those moments where it was [God damn] it, just stop. I understand not everyone behaves under pressure the way we would like them to. And he snapped.

“Sometimes you get to a point where you misbehave,” she continued. “I’ve misbehaved myself on occasion.”

During Monday’s episode, Goldberg’s co-host Sunny Hostin said she envisions companies like Netflix being concerned about audience reaction to new Smith films after the slap.

“I think it’s a valid discussion. joy [Behar] and I talked about it on Friday — can you separate the art from the artist?” she asked.

Goldberg replied, “You have to, because if you don’t, none of us can be artists.

“All of us step in poop at some point.”

Smith said in his resignation letter that he would accept any further disciplinary action the Academy Board deems appropriate.

Read what the actor’s retirement from the academy means for him here.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/will-smith-slap-whoopi-goldberg-b2051005.html Will Smith: Whoopi Goldberg denies speculation the actor’s career may be over

JOE HERNANDEZ

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