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The Will Smith jokes started at the 2022 Grammys.
The 64th annual awards show is being held in Las Vegas and during the pre-show, LeVar Burton introduced one of this year’s presenters, Nate Bargazte, with a swipe at Smith.
“KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF”
“I want to warn you all that our next presenter is a comedian. If you know what I mean,” Burton began in his introduction.
“So, I must warn everyone: stay in your place and keep your hands to yourself. Agreed ? Burton joked.
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“COMEDIDERS MUST WEAR” HELMETS “NOW”
Burton introduced the next presenter, comedian Nate Bargazte, who took the stage in a black helmet, obviously referring to Smith and Chris Rock’s slap in the face.
“They said comedians should wear them now at award shows during their jokes,” Bargazte said. “It doesn’t even cover your face, I think it just focuses where you would hit me.”
“KEEP PEOPLE’S NAMES OUT OF OUR MOUTH”
This year’s host Trevor Noah also cracked his own joke at the ‘King Richard’ star. “We’re going to keep people’s names out of our mouths,” Noah joked at the start of the show.
This is the first awards show after the viral Oscars 2022 slap in the face last Sunday.
“STAY 500 FEET AWAY FROM ME”
Questlove continued to joke before presenting an award and said, “I’m going to present this award and hope you stay 500 feet away from me.”
“I’m just playing,” he added before presenting.
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After Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, the actor quit Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Smith announced his resignation in a statement Friday, saying he had “betrayed the trust of the Academy” in a statement provided to Fox News Digital.
“I have responded directly to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of Those I’ve Hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all who attended and a global audience at home. I have betrayed the trust of the Academy,” said Smith.
Smith added that he “deprived the other nominees and winners” of their chance to celebrate, and said he would accept any further consequences from the board.
David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said in a statement that he has accepted Smith’s resignation and will continue to advance disciplinary proceedings against Smith.
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“We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We will continue to advance our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for breaching the Academy’s standards of conduct, prior to our next board meeting scheduled for April 18,” Rubin said.
Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.
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