Academy Governor Whoopi Goldberg has said Will Smith won't lose his award despite the onstage altercation between him and Chris Rock.
Now, Sister Act star and governor for the Academy Goldberg has reflected on the possibility.
WILL SMITH ASSAULTS CHRIS ROCK OVER JOKE: History was made at Sunday's Academy Awards, but #TheView co-hosts weigh in on the altercation everyone is talking about and discuss if it overshadowed the moments that should have been celebrated. https://t.co/Ah9MDZwvCD #Oscars pic.twitter.com/xs2LAfOIh8— The View (@TheView) March 28, 2022
While a formal review has been officially been launched into the incident that 'will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law,' on Monday on The View Goldberg stated that the Academy is 'not going to take that Oscar from him'.
She reflected on the altercation: "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."
Goldberg resolved that while she's 'sure [...] there will be consequences', she doesn't think Smith will be stripped of his Best Actor award.
"Particularly because Chris said 'Listen, I'm not pressing any charges'," she explained.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that Rock has not filed a police report.
It stated: "LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program. The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report."
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
After not only striking Rock, but hurling verbal abuse at him once seated back in the audience, Smith went back up on stage some time later to receive his award.
According to Sean Combs, formerly known as Puff Daddy, Rock and Smith have since made amends and the issue is 'over', with the rapper calling the duo 'brothers'.
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