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After Oscar slap, Will Smith ‘trying not to freak out’, worried he’ll be ‘completely cancelled’, source says


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Will Smith is reportedly worried about his future in Hollywood.

After receiving nationwide backlash for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, a source has claimed the actor is concerned about what will happen to his career from here.

“He feels bad and tries not to panic, but seeing his roles frozen has been an extremely bitter pillow to swallow,” an insider told Us Weekly on Wednesday.

“His biggest fear is that he’s being completely undone, and there’s nothing he can do about it but sit back, absorb his punishment like a man, and try to atone as much as he can.”

WILL SMITH RESIGNS FROM THE ACADEMY: WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

Will Smith won his first Oscar for ‘King Richard’.
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

On April 1, the 53-year-old resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and said he would accept any further sanctions imposed by the organization.

“My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” the actor noted in his statement.

Film Academy President David Rubin said Smith’s resignation had been accepted.

“We will continue to advance our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violating the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, prior to our next board meeting scheduled for April 18,” he said.

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The resignation came two days after the Academy’s board of directors met to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Smith for breaching the group’s standards of conduct. These procedures could have resulted in a suspension or an expulsion, and it was not immediately known what additional penalty he could incur.

Had he been expelled, Smith would have joined a small group of men retired from the academy: Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and actor Carmine Caridi, who was expelled for sharing award selectors.

On March 27, Smith emerged from his front row seat at the Dolby Theater onto the stage and punched Rock, 57, who had made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Moments later, Smith won Best Actor for his role in “King Richard.”

Rock, who was about to present the Oscar for Best Documentary, declined to press charges at the request of the police. He only briefly spoke publicly about the attack, saying at a comedy gig in Boston last week that he was still “processing what happened”.

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After Oscar slap, Will Smith ‘trying not to freak out’, worried he’ll be ‘completely cancelled’, source says

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith at the Oscars on Sunday March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Smith stunned Rock, the theater crowd and viewers at home when he took the stage after Rock joked, “Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2’, can’t wait to see it. “

Pinkett Smith, who has spoken publicly about her hair loss condition, alopecia, had a clean-shaven head similar to Demi Moore’s in the original film.

After Smith’s attack, he returned to his seat and angrily yelled twice at Rock to “get my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth”. When Smith took the stage less than an hour later to accept his Oscar, he tearfully apologized to the Academy, but notably omitted any mention of Rock.

The fallout was immediate and intense. Smith had supporters for standing up for his wife, but he was widely condemned for responding violently and for both spoiling his long-sought Oscar win and eclipsing the other winners of the night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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