Two conflicting accounts have emerged regarding Packer’s advice. Will Smith after slapping Chris Rock On the Oscars live telecast after the “G.I. Gen 2” joke of stand-up with Jada Pinkett Smith. We heard from an insider that Packer insisted that Smith would not skip the ceremony; David Rubin and Don Hudson, the head of AMPAS at this time, suggested to Smith’s representative that the actor leave Dolby. There is also talk that Packer advised Smith to leave.
TJ Holmes will speak exclusively with Packer on Friday. World News Tonight with David Muiro A preview clip will air tonight on ABC at 6:30 p.m. ET.
While AMPAS said in a statement yesterday that they asked Smith to leave, this morning several others said it was merely a suggestion, and King Richard The Oscar-winning actor was never asked directly. Smith’s representative advised the actor that AMPAS suggested he leave, however, Smith wanted to stay and correct the situation. He apologized to the Academy and the people in the room, but not to The Rock. It wasn’t until Monday that Smith apologized again, and specifically named The Rock among his mea perpetrators.
The AMPAS Board of Governors voted to pursue an investigation into the Smith-Rock incident. At the Board’s next meeting on April 18, the Academy may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bye-laws and Standards of Conduct. The Academy wrote yesterday that Smith has “15 days’ notice of a vote, and an opportunity to be heard in advance via a written response” regarding its violations and sanctions.
Variety first got the news about Packer’s appearance GMA,