Academy ‘Outraged’ by Will Smith’s conduct, says verdict might take weeks
By Judith Gicobi
In a letter obtained by CNN hours before a major meeting on Smith’s fate, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences notified members that its leaders are “upset and outraged” by Will Smith’s actions during the Oscars.
According to the letter, Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson are working on a “determination” on “appropriate action” for Smith, which might “take a few weeks.”
Smith has been chastised for storming the stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday night and slapping host Chris Rock after he cracked a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
According to the letter, the process will be carried out in a timely and polite manner for all parties involved while adhering to the Academy’s standards.
According to a source familiar to the procedure, the Academy’s Board of Governors is conducting its annual post-Oscars meeting on Wednesday, with Smith’s slap being their “main priority,” as CNN previously reported.
That meeting will most likely take place in the evening.