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Oscars producer Will Packer (left) caught heat for telling Will Smith to stay in the theater after he assaulted presenter Chris Rock (right) during the 2020 Oscars.

According to TMZ, Packer walked up to Smith during a commercial break and told him, "We do not want you to leave."

On Friday, Packer appeared on "Good Morning America" and said The Slap "sucked the life" out of the room.

"It was like somebody poured concrete in that room. It sucked the life out of that room and it never came back," he said.

Packer said he told Rock the LAPD wanted to know if Rock wanted Smith arrested, but Rock said he did not.

"I was advocating what Rock wanted in that time, which was not to physically remove Will Smith," Packer said.

Packer confirmed that officers wanted to arrest Smith on the spot, but Rock asked them not to.

Packer also claimed Rock wanted Smith to stay. However, sources tell TMZ that's a lie.

Packer told GMA it was Rocks' decision to keep Smith in the theater. But 3 well-placed sources who were in the theater told TMZ the Academy never asked Smith to leave and Smith never refused to leave.

"Chris told Packer 'I'm not pressing charges. All I want to do is leave.' He was never asked if he wanted Will removed. This is the Academy covering itself."

TMZ reports that Smith's lawyers are preparing to beg the Academy not to suspend him or revoke his membership during an upcoming hearing on April 18.

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The Hollywood Reporter

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2020, Rock revealed he was diagnosed with nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD), causing him to have difficulty understanding social cues and "non-verbal signals."

He said 80 percent of communication is nonverbal, "and all I understand are the words."

The TikTok video below shows Rock looking sad and confused as he struggles to process what happened after Smith slapped him.
 

@randomtvclipz he did a good job staying composed. #chrisrock #willsmith #oscars ? Bubblegum by Clairo - Jem

Actress Gabrielle Union, left, posed with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on the red carpet at the Atlanta Screening of Union's new movie 'Breaking In' at Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA on Sunday.

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Keri Hilson, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique

Atlanta's glitterati turned out for the private screening of Will Packers' holiday movie Almost Christmas held at Atlantic Station on Wednesday.

Pictured above are singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, left, with Gabrielle Union and Mo'Nique.

The movie is about a dysfunctional family that gathers together for their first Thanksgiving since their mother died. Almost Christmas stars Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Nicole Ari Parker, Kimberly Elise, Jessie T. Usher, and comedian D. C. Young Fly.

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Luda Day Weekend Charity bowling event

Rap mogul Ludacris and other big names Atlanta stars will be bowling for charity tonight (Thursday, Aug. 28) at Bowlmor Lanes (formerly 300) conveniently located at 2175 Savoy Drive and I-285. The bowling for charity event kicks off Ludacris' Annual Luda Day Weekend with proceeds benefitting the youth of Atlanta through the Ludacris Foundation.

The Ludacris Foundation was successful in reaching out to Atlanta's entertainment and business communities who stepped up to the plate by sponsoring lanes for $1,000 and $1,500. Donors include Neyo's Compound Entertainment, Will Packer's Will Packer Productions, Devyne Stephens, Ison-Hurr Recycling Industries, Universal Music Publishing Group, Brumfield Limo, Magic City, Mechanic Maniacs Apparel, Envision Business Management and Roller Coaster Waves, among others.

VIP lanes are still available. To reserve VIP lanes, call 404 351-7387.

Sandrarose.com family and friends will be bowling in the main bowling area (with the VIPs), so stop by and join the fun!

Luda Day charity bowling event

EXCL Blac Chyna shops at CVS

Socialite and Kim Kardashian finger puppet Blac Chyna was spotted picking up some feminine products at a CVS store in Calabasas, Calif., yesterday. Chyna retired from her high paying gig at the King of Diamonds strip club in Miami after getting knocked up by one of her best customers, rapper Tyga.
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Will Packer

Film producer, and friend of the blog, Will Packer proposed to his longtime love, Heather, in a major way over the weekend. Packer, who is currently producing Think Like a Man Too in Vegas, surprised Heather by dropping to one knee in front of 40,000 at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

"We actually met four years ago, here at ESSENCE. I need y'all to help me out," Will asked the crowd as he brought his girlfriend out onstage. "Heather, you’ve changed my life. I love you so much. You make me happier than words can express," said Will as the audience roared.

Will presented Heather with a custom 10K diamond ring as she wiped the tears from her eyes. "She said yes ya’ll!!" said Will after Heather stopped jumping up and down.

Congrats to the happy couple! 4 years is surely long enough for the Dopamine to wear off. Read the full text of Packer's heartfelt proposal to Heather after the break.

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