The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has released a statement on Monday to condemn the action that took place on Sunday’s Oscars ceremony where Will Smith stormed the state to clap against his fellow brother and comedian Chris Rock.
A statement reads, “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr Smith at last night’s show”.
“We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”
According to CNN reports, the Academy leadership “strongly considered” removing Smith from the Oscars telecast after the incident.
“Academy leadership strongly considered removing Will Smith from last night’s broadcast following the incident.
There were immediate discussions but the Academy decision-makers were seated in various spots in the Dolby Theater and couldn’t mobilize to make a decision before he won the best actor,” the source said.
Smith is yet to apologise to Mr Rock however, he apologised to the Academy and his fellow nominees during his best actor acceptance speech.