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Will Smith Refused to Leave Oscars After Chris Rock Slap, Academy Says

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Will Smith Smacks Chris Rock at Oscars

Oscar winner Will Smith was asked to leave the 94th annual awards show after slapping Chris Rock on stage but refused, the Academy has said.

Smith, 53, won the leading actor gong for King Richard, but had stormed on stage prior to winning after reacting to a joke made by comedian Rock which referred to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head.