Will Smith, Chris Rock Oscars slap sparks 'formal review' by the Academy, plus more news

The Academy launches investigation of Will Smith, Chris Rock slapping incident

Diddy has reportedly claimed there’s no more bad blood between Will Smith and Chris Rock after Will slapped the comic onstage during the 2022 Oscars on Sunday, March 28. That doesn’t seem to be adequate for the Academy, though. The organization behind the Oscars announced on Monday that it’s launched a “formal review” of Will’s behavior and hinted at the possibility it could take “further action” due to the incident. “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show,” the statement read, according to USA Today. “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.” The now-infamous slap came after Chris made a joke at the expense of Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, apparently referencing her shaved head and joking, “can’t wait to see you in ‘G.I. Jane 2,'” Jada. (The actress has spoken publicly about suffering from alopecia, which can cause hair loss.) Jada rolled her eyes before Will stormed onstage and hit Chris; after he took his seat, he yelled a mostly unprintable comment about keeping Jada’s “name out of” Chris’ “mouth.” According to multiple outlets, Chris declined to file a police report over the slap. Speaking to Page Six after the ceremony, Diddy reportedly said Chris and Will have made up. “That’s not a problem. That’s over. I can confirm that,” he told the outlet. “It’s all love. They’re brothers.”

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Sam Asghari says he and Britney Spears are planning a ‘new chapter’ ahead of wedding

With Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship behind her, she and fiance Sam Asghari are “excited to start a new chapter” in their lives. That’s according to Sam, 29, who told Entertainment Tonight over the weekend that “everything’s amazing,” when asked about his long-running romance with the singer, 40. The couple announced their engagement in September as it became clear Britney could soon see an end to the legal arrangement that controlled her life for nearly 13 years. “Some shots from my weekend getaway to celebrate my engagement with my … holy s*** … FIANCÉ … I still can’t believe it!!!!” she gushed in an Instagram caption last fall. Sam sounds similarly thrilled about the prospect of tying the knot with the star. “We’re so excited to start a new chapter,” he told ET, “and everything’s so positive from here on out.” Though he didn’t share details on their wedding plans or reports they’re moving to a new home, he assured the reporter they were moving forward with an eye to making everything “new.” He also dismissed the idea of a final throwdown with his guy friends, saying “bachelor parties are in the past … so no bachelor party.”

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Kim Kardashian says work ethic comments were ‘taken out of context’

At one point during the tumultuous 2022 Oscars, the backlash Kim Kardashian sparked over her recent comments about the value of a work ethic became a punchline. But in a new interview with “Good Morning America” due to air April 6, the SKIMS founder defends herself and tries to explain what she meant by her controversial remark. The remark was a bit of advice she gave women in the business world during an interview with Variety: “Get your f****** ass up and work”,” she told the outlet “Well, that statement that I said was without questions and conversation around it,” Kim tells Robin Roberts in the “GMA” interview, according to People. “It became a sound bite really with no context. And that sound bite I came off the notion and the question right before which was after 20 years of being in the business you’re famous for being famous. And my whole tone and attitude changed with the previous question that went into that question about what advice would you give to women.” Kim later clarifies the advice she was aiming to give women, telling Robin: “The advice that I would give is just that having a social media presence and being on a reality show does not mean overnight success. And you have to really work hard to get there, even if it might seem like it’s easy and that you can build a really successful business off of social media. And you can, if you put in a lot of really hard work.” She added that the original comment wasn’t intended to suggest “I don’t respect the work [women do] or think that they don’t work hard.” Kim concluded, “I know that they do. It was taken out of context. But I’m really sorry if it was received that way.”

Taylor Swift to give NYU commencement address, receive honorary doctorate

Taylor Swift’s successful music career has already inspired its very own course at New York University. Now, the school is set to give Taylor an honorary doctorate of fine arts on May 18, according to a press release. The singer, 32, will also deliver a commencement address that day at the Yankee Stadium ceremony. Since Taylor was already working professionally as a singer by the time she finished high school, she never completed a college degree. Calling her, “one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of her generation,” NYU praised Taylor’s accomplishments, including her being the only female artist who has ever won a Grammy for Album of the Year three times. She’s also the only solo artist in this century who’s had three albums hit No. 1 on the charts in the same year, the school said.

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott have reportedly picked replacement name for son

Kylie Jenner ‘s dad, Caitlyn Jenner, says the makeup guru and her boyfriend, Travis Scott, do have a new name for their son, they’re just not ready to go public with it. Kylie and Travis welcomed their second child, a boy, in February, and soon announced his name was Wolf Jacques Webster. A few weeks later in March, though, she told Instagram followers, “FYI our son’s name isn’t Wolf anymore. We just really didn’t feel like it was him. Just wanted to share because I keep seeing Wolf everywhere.” Neither she nor Travis followed up with details on the new name, leaving some fans wondering if they’d chosen a replacement. According to Caitlyn, they have. While chatting with a reporter from Entertainment Tonight at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party on March 27, Caitlyn confirmed that she knows her new grandson’s new name, but said she “cannot tell” the public yet because Kylie “has not officially announced it.” She also said she’s talked to her daughter about the naming conundrum. “We have discussed this a lot. I think I have a lot of experience on naming people, especially trying to name yourself. That’s very difficult, I struggled with it for years,” said Caitlyn, who changed her name when she came out as transgender. A few years back, Kylie told makeup vlogger James Charles she changed the spelling of her daughter, Stormi’s name at the last minute (from Stormie) while finalizing her birth certificate.

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