OSCARS bosses held top-secret emergency talks over whether Will Smith should strip his gong for best actor after beating comedian Chris Rock onstage.
Insiders said angry members of the academy joined the meeting via Zoom and demanded that the Men In Black star also be kicked out of the respected organization for his antics.
Will, 53, silenced the A-list stars sat at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood after he stormed the stage and punched the comedian after insulting his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Chris presented the award for Best Documentary as he poked fun at Jada’s shaved head and joked live on stage, “Jada I love you GI Jane 2 can’t wait to see it.”
Matrix actress Jada, who first revealed in 2018 that she was suffering from hair loss, rolled her eyes at the joke and looked upset – which apparently prompted Will to act.
Stars including Nicole Kidman and Lupita Nyong’o looked horrified as Will slapped Chris hard in the face before shouting, “Keep my wife’s name out of your friggin’ mouth.”
Will’s actions went down in history as the most shocking moment in the Oscars’ 94-year history.
Insiders said Chris – who has declined to press charges against Will – was offered a “aftercare package” alongside the crisis talks to deal with the incident.
A source said: “The academy publicly condemned Will for hitting Chris and behind the scenes they went into full crisis mode.
“Once the ceremony was over, key members called in to hold an emergency meeting about what action to take.
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“There were calls for Will to take his gong for best actor.
“You can’t see that they condone violence in any way and there are some people in the academy who feel they should strip him of the award to make a mark.
“Others, however, believe he should be allowed to hold on to it.
“Chris was immediately supported backstage and offered a follow-up package where he can speak to Academy professionals if needed.
“The Academy takes this incredibly seriously.”
The stars of the ceremony and viewers at home were shocked when Will stormed onto the stage.
Looking stunned, Chris simply said, “Will Smith just threw the shit out of me,” before continuing.
As the ceremony went into a commercial break, Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry were seen pulling Will aside for a pep talk.
Insiders claimed Denzel turned Will away for punching Chris, and videos from the room showed the trio huddled together.
Minutes after the altercation, Will returned to the stage as he won the Oscar for best actor for the first time – having previously been nominated twice for his roles in Ali and The Pursuit Of Happiness.
He sobbed while discussing his role as the father of Venus and Serena Williams in the film King Richard and begged for forgiveness.
Will said onstage, “I want to apologize to the Academy,” he said near the end of his speech.
“I would like to apologize to all my fellow candidates.
“Art mimics life, I look like the crazy dad just like what they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things.”
Will also referenced Denzel’s words of encouragement in his speech, saying the Training Day actor warned him, “Be careful in your highest moment, then the devil will come for you.”
The academy that runs the Oscars condemned Will’s actions shortly thereafter.
In a statement posted to Twitter in the early hours of Monday morning, they said: “The Academy does not condone violence of any kind.
“Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Oscar winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and film lovers around the world.”
A-list actors and the public also called for Will to be punished for his attack on Chris.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill tweeted, “Stand-up comics are very adept at dealing with hecklers. Violent physical assaults… not so much.”
American comedian Rosie O’Donnell added: “So annoying on every level. Bravo to Chris Rock – for not gutting Will Smith – which he could do any day of the week.
“He walked away – bravo from a sad display of toxic masculinity by a narcissistic madman.”
The public also called for Will’s Oscar to be withdrawn following his actions.
However, some also supported Will’s behavior and agreed that they would have done the same.
Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley also defended Will, saying his actions were “understandable”.
He said: “It’s clearly not okay, but it happened and when it happened you have to analyze the motives behind it.
“What I’m trying to suggest is, while you can say it was wrong, it’s something you can say was understandable in the heat of the moment.”
After the ceremony, Will was spotted dancing at Vanity Fair’s official Oscars after-party.
He was filmed clutching his statuette and moving to the music while playing his 1997 song Get Jiggy Wit It.
Although Jada, who married Will in 1997, and their children Jaden, 23, and Willow, 19, and Will’s son Trey, 29, from his relationship with Sheree Zampino, attended the party, they were not seen dancing with him.
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement saying Chris would not press charges, although he was offered the opportunity to do so.
They said: “LAPD investigative authorities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program.
“In the incident, one person hit another. The person concerned declined to make a complaint to the police.
“If the party involved desires a police report at a later date, the LAPD is available to prepare an investigative report.”
Jada has previously spoken openly about living with alopecia, saying she shaved her head in June last year to help get a handle on the condition.
Speaking about losing her hair for the first time, Jada said, “It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear.”
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