Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the Oscars: All the latest news
Actor Will Smith shocked the world when he slapped presenter Chris Rock onstage at the 94th Academy Awards. And that was just the beginning.
What followed has been a stream of confusion, outrage, disappointment, regret from various corners of Hollywood and beyond, not to mention debate over apologies, punishment and possibly even criminal charges.
Here’s a rundown of what led up to the slap, the immediate aftermath, Smith’s resignation from the academy and all the other latest news to spill out of Hollywood’s real-life drama.
The film academy delivers its punishment for the Oscars slap, blocking Will Smith from attending but leaving him eligible to be nominated again.
Who asked Will Smith to leave? Why did he refuse? What did Chris Rock do backstage? What comes next? We piece together an Oscars scandal like no other.
In her first headlining gig since her son was born, Amy Schumer tried to process what happened at the Oscars: ‘Did you read that in your newsfeed?’
Kenny Rock would like the film academy to take back Will Smith’s Oscar for slapping his brother, comedian Chris Rock.
Will Smith has resigned from the film academy and says he’s willing to accept whatever punishment is coming his way.
Denzel Washington says he prayed with Will Smith after the ‘King Richard’ actor slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Chris Rock’s brothers express support for him on social media. Here’s what they said.
The high road: Chris Rocks shuts down fan who shouts expletive-laced insult about Will Smith
During his third comedy show since that controversial Oscars slap, Chris Rock quickly said no to a fan who chanted an expletive about Will Smith.
First-time Oscars producer Will Packer tells ‘Good Morning America’ he wasn’t worried about Will Smith until he started yelling ‘with such vitriol.’
‘Good Morning America’ interview: Oscars producer says LAPD was prepared to arrest Will Smith
Producer Will Packer said police were ready to arrest Will Smith after he slapped Chris Rock, but Rock didn’t want to press charges.
From temporarily suspending Will Smith’s membership to taking away his Oscar, the film academy has a broad range of disciplinary options available.
More fallout: Indian American Oscar winner for ‘Summer of Soul’ slams Will Smith, and Chris Rock
Chris Rock’s “four white guys” comment draws ire from a “Summer of Soul” producer of South Asian descent.
After the film academy announced disciplinary proceedings against Will Smith, new accounts dispute whether Smith was asked to leave after he slapped Chris Rock.
Rock’s return: The Times is there for the comedian’s first post-Oscars standup set
Performing in Boston on Wednesday night, Rock offers his first public words about the slap.
A new revelation: Will Smith refused to leave the Oscars, and the academy presented his award anyway
The film academy makes the disclosure in announcing disciplinary proceedings against the actor.
Why ask Smith to leave, and then present him with an award after he refuses? But also: Why punish the guy when so many of your other members have arguably done worse?
Oscars co-host says she’s still “waiting for this sickening feeling to go away.”
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Accepting Will Smith’s apology for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, film academy governor Whoopi Goldberg said actor will face ‘big consequences.’
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Smith slapping Rock at the Oscars opened the door for debate about the ability of comedians to say what they want onstage versus an audience’s right to respond.
Sheila Bridges, who appeared in “Good Hair,” a film produced by Chris Rock, was not amused by the comedian’s Oscars joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will Smith’s mother tells a Philadelphia news station that her famous son is a ‘very even’ person who has never behaved the way he did at the Oscars.
Majority of Americans say Will Smith’s slap was wrong, say polls, but that doesn’t mean they think Chris Rock was in the right with his joke about Smith’s wife.
Chris Rock kicks off his new comedy tour Wednesday in Boston. The cheapest tickets reportedly went for $46 before the Oscars, then ballooned to $411.
“My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable,” Smith says.
Academy leaders, ABC and the Screen Actors Guild react to the shocking onstage encounter. One thing is clear: The loser in all of of this is the Oscars themselves.
The actor spent his remarkable 30-year career building toward this Oscars triumph. With a single, impulsive act, he turned it into a moment of shame.
The Academy of Motion Pictures announces a review of the Smith-Rock altercation and promises “further action and consequences.”
How did laughs turn to shock, horror and disbelief so fast? Deconstructing the drama onstage.
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Myung Chung initially thought the slap was a gag. But then he heard Will Smith yelling expletives at Chris Rock “at the top of his lungs.” That’s when everything changed.
Will Smith’s smacking of Chris Rock was an indefensible act of violence.
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A transcendent musical spectacle of Black joy won an Oscar, and what followed was one of the most emotional speeches of the night. If only anyone was listening.
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Smith, his wife and their kids leave the Oscars and make the rounds at a Vanity Fair party — and on social media.
Will Smith was right to apologize for his caveman-like behavior slapping Chris Rock. But his instinct to protect his Black wife was absolutely correct.
Whoopi Goldberg, Nicki Minaj, Mark Hamill and Jameela Jamil are among the many weighing in on who was right, and who was wrong.
Chris Rock, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have found themselves at odds before. Remember what happened at the 2016 Oscars?
Women overshadowed: The slap steals the spotlight on a historic night for female talent
Three women hosted. Beyonce killed in the opening. Jane Campion, Sian Heder and Ariana DeBose had historic wins. But then ...
The slap may have helped ABC’s telecast to finish up 56% from last year, but viewership is still near historic lows.
An LAPD spokesman said there was no deadline to file a complaint and that it would “complete a report at any time in the future.”
The full text of Will Smith’s acceptance speech after he won the Oscar for best actor.
If it reads like an excruciatingly tense, confusing and surreal exchange, that’s because it was.
Times columnists Mary McNamara and Glenn Whipp are live-blogging the Oscars when their conversation takes a sudden turn. Whipp: “What. Just. Happened???” McNamara: “I think something very terrible.”
When the news breaks on Oscars night, this is how we initially cover it.