Academy will decide THIS WEEK how Will Smith will be disciplined for slapping Chris Rock

The Oscars board will meet this Friday to discuss how to Discipline Will Smith for slapping Chris Rock at this year’s ceremony, days after the actor Resigned from the Academy and said they would ‘accept any further consequences.’

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David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told the board Wednesday that he’s moving a meeting Originally scheduled for April 18 to this Friday at 9am PST.

‘Following Mr. Smith’s resignation of his Academy membership on Friday, April 1, the suspension or expulsion are no longer a possibility, and the legally prescribed timetable no longer applies.

‘It is in the best interest of all involved for this to be handled in a timely fashion,’ he wrote in a letter.

The board has a few punishments it could hand out. They could make Smith ineligible for future Awards or bar him from attending future ceremonies temporarily or permanently.

They could also Strip Smith, 53, of the Academy Award for best actor that they won in less than an hour after the onstage Assault – although the last time the board rescinded an award was more than 50 years ago.

The board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will meet this Friday to discuss how to Punish Will Smith for his onstage Assault of Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars ceremony. Above, Smith dances at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles on March 27

Academy President David Rubin moved up a meeting Originally scheduled for April 18 to this Friday, citing Smith's recent resignation from the Academy.  Above, Rubin at the 2022 Governors Awards

Academy President David Rubin moved up a meeting Originally scheduled for April 18 to this Friday, citing Smith’s recent resignation from the Academy. Above, Rubin at the 2022 Governors Awards

Infamous: Rock was slapped by Smith after making a joke about wife Jada's Bald head while presenting Best Documentary at the Oscars last Sunday

Infamous: Rock was slapped by Smith after making a joke about wife Jada’s Bald head while presenting Best Documentary at the Oscars last Sunday

Rubin, president of the Academy, said the meeting was only Originally scheduled for April 18 to give Smith enough notice, which is no longer necessary, according to Variety, which first published Rubin’s letter.

The virtual meeting will take place over Zoom.

The Academy has only rescinded one Oscar. In 1969, it was found that the documentary Young Americans, which won the best documentary that year, had actually been released in 1967.

Smith Resigned from the Academy on Friday, calling his actions during the ceremony ‘Shocking, painful and inexcusable’ and adding that he’d accept any punishment doled out to him by the board.

‘The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home,’ Smith said.

‘I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. ‘

Though the board could technically take back his statuette – given for his portrayal of tennis Coach Richard Williams in King Richard – there’s little precedent for such a drastic move.

Speaking on The View the day after the March 27 ceremony, actress Whoopi Goldberg, who is a serving Governor for the Academy’s Actors branch, defended Will’s actions, Reasoning that ‘sometimes you behave badly.’

Smith slapped Rock, 57, in front of the world on live television after the Comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hair loss, caused by alopecia.

Pinkett-Smith supported her husband after he defended her by striding to the stage to Smack Rock

Pinkett-Smith supported her husband after he defended her by striding to the stage to Smack Rock

Whoopi said on Monday’s show: ‘I think it was a lot of stuff probably built up.

‘I think he overreacted… I think he had one of those Moments where it was like [God damn] it, just stop. I get it, not everybody acts the way we would like them to act under pressure. And he snapped …

‘Sometimes you get to a point when you behave badly. I myself have behaved badly on occasion. ‘

Whoopi’s co-host Sunny Hostin said she was’ surprised [Will] wasn’t escorted out ‘, and questioned if there was the possibility of Smith’s Oscar being taken away.

Whoopi replied: ‘We’re not going to take that Oscar from him.

‘There will be consequences I’m sure, but I don’t think that’s what they’re going to do, especially because Chris said,’ Listen, I’m not pressing any charges. ‘”

Apology: Will has since apologized in an Instagram post, stating that he was 'Embarrassed' by his actions, which Shocked the ceremony attendees, producers and viewers

Post: Will then went on to say sorry to the organizers and the producers of the show

Apology: Will has since apologized in an Instagram post, stating that he was ‘Embarrassed’ by his actions, which Shocked the ceremony attendees, producers and viewers

Speaking to Us Weekly, an Unnamed Insider said Pinkett-Smith wishes her husband never slapped Rock.

‘It was in the heat of the moment and it was him overreacting,’ the source said. ‘He knows that, she knows that. They’re in agreement that he overreacted. ‘

They also alleged that Pinkett Smith is ‘not a Wallflower’, nor ‘one of these women that needs protecting’.

‘They didn’t need to do what they did,’ they added.

Rock, on the other hand, has Barely addressed the Assault at his stand-up gigs.

Appearing at a surprise set at New York’s Comedy Cellar on Tuesday night, Rock said: ‘Lower your expectations, I’m not going to address that s ***,’ a source told Page Six.

Earlier that day, he was spotted walking around the city by himself. The 57-year-old Comedian walked with his hands in his bomber jacket Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile his 42-year-old Younger brother Kenny told the Los Angeles Times that he has trouble repeatedly watching the now infamous moment involving his brother from last week’s Oscars ceremony. He said Smith should be stripped of the Best Actor Trophy.

Tough times: Chris Rock was spotted Tuesday looking somber on a solo outing in New York City after his brother slammed Will Smith and said the Academy should strip him of his Oscar

Tough times: Chris Rock was spotted Tuesday looking somber on a solo outing in New York City after his brother slammed Will Smith and said the Academy should strip him of his Oscar

'It eats at me': Meanwhile his 42-year-old Younger brother Kenny told the Los Angeles Times that he has had trouble repeatedly watching the now infamous moment involving his brother from last week's Oscars ceremony

‘It eats at me’: Meanwhile his 42-year-old Younger brother Kenny told the Los Angeles Times that he has had trouble repeatedly watching the now infamous moment involving his brother from last week’s Oscars ceremony

Bond: Chris is seen with brother Kenny in an Instagram post

Bond: Chris is seen with brother Kenny in an Instagram post

He said: ‘It eats at me watching it over and over again because you’ve seen a loved one being attacked and there’s nothing you can do about it.

‘Every time I’m watching the videos, it’s like a rendition that just keeps going over and over in my head.’

Kenny continued to express his distaste for the A-list actor’s actions.

He said: ‘My brother was no Threat to him and you just had no respect for him at that moment.

‘You just belittled him in front of millions of people that watch the show.’

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