Looking to the future. After being subject to major backlash, Chris RockThe 2022 Oscars Will SmithHe is concerned about his career.
“He feels terrible and is trying not to panic, but seeing his roles put on ice has been a hugely bitter pill to swallow,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.
According to the insider, “His biggest fear is that he’s in the process of being fully canceled, and there’s nothing he can really do about it except sit back, suck up his punishment like a man and try to atone however he can.”
Smith, 53 years old, was famous for his altercation at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27. While presenting an Academy Award, Smith made a joke about Jada Pinkett SmithAppearing in G.I. Jane 2because of her shaved heads. Pinkett Smith, 50 years old, has alopecia. Before the ceremony, she rolled her eyes. King RichardStar approached the stage and slapped Rock onto the camera.
“Will Smith just smacked the s—t out of me,” the South Carolina native said in uncensored footage that later appeared online. After Smith walked back to his seat, he yelled for Rock to “keep my wife’s name out your f—king mouth.”
Later that night, the Philadelphia native appeared to address the incident while accepting best actor for his performance. King Richard. “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I know to do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse,” the Bel-Air’s Fresh PrinceDuring an emotional acceptance speech, alumnus said. “You got to be able to have people talk crazy about you. You have to be able and willing to let people disrespect you in this industry. And you got to smile, you got to pretend like that’s OK.”
Smith apologized the following day for the “unacceptable and inexcusable” behavior that took place at the awards show. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was not in line with the rules and I was wrong. I am ashamed of my actions and they are not indicative of the man that I want to become. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” he wrote via Instagram.
The 7 Pounds star added: “I would also like to apologize to The Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I apologize to my King Richard Family and the Williams Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.”
Despite the backlash The Hollywood Reporter published a report about Smith’s projects at Netflix and Sony being shelved. Friday, April 1, 2018, the I Am LegendStar announced his resignation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” Smith said in a statement, according to Variety. “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. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.”
Rock, for his part, has yet to publicly address the situation or Smith’s apology. A second source previously stated UsYou can find the Grown UpsActor discussed the slap in indirect manner during stand-up performance.
“Chris broke the ice by sarcastically saying he’s had an interesting week,” an eyewitness exclusively told Use of the comedian’s approach to the New Jersey gig on Saturday, April 2. “Everyone laughed because they knew what he was referring to, of course.”
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