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Actor Will Smith dropped a teaser for yet another slave movie. This one is titled Emancipation.

Smith plays an emancipated slave who was depicted in a historic photo titled "The Scourged Back."

Smith uploaded the movie teaser to his Youtube channel on Monday. He wrote in the summary:

"This was the hardest movie I've ever made. Blood, Sweat & Tears... LITERALLY! Shoutout to @Apple who doubled (and tripled) down on their commitment to deliver this epic story to the world."

One YouTube viewer wrote:

"Another slave movie really will smith. We're trying to forgot what happened to us back then.. and you wana make a movie of it Again [sic]."

A second person wrote:

"There so many other experiences to tell of Africans in America besides another slave narrative."

But others were supportive of the disgraced actor's efforts.

Will Smith hopes Emancipation will win him another Oscar award. Though he's banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years after he slapped comedian Chris Rock in March.

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Chris Rock is being canceled for cracking a joke about Nicole Brown, the late ex-wife of O.J. Simpson.

Rock, 57, was performing in Phoenix on Sunday when he reportedly told the audience he was asked to host the 2023 Oscar Awards.

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Rock was a presenter at the 2022 Oscars in March when former A-list actor Will Smith slapped him for joking about Jada Pinkett Smith's bald head.

Rock told the Phoenix audience he declined the offer to host next year's Oscars because it would be like asking Nicole Brown to go back to the restaurant where she ate her last meal before being stabbed to death at her home later that night.

Rock told the audience that Smith's slap really hurt. He referenced Smith's role as champion boxer Muhammad Ali in a movie.

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"He's bigger than me," Rock said. "The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith."

Nicole Brown, 35, was killed after dining at the trendy Mezzaluna Trattoria restaurant on Sunday, June 12, 1994.

Simpson was tried for her murder and acquitted in October 1995.

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Sheree Zampino, the ex-wife of disgraced actor Will Smith, says she will quit the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills franchise if Jada Pinkett Smith (left) joins the cast.

In a new interview, Sheree Zampino says she will never appear alongside her ex-husband's current wife, Jada, if she becomes a cast member.

"Honestly, I wouldn't do the show with Jada. I would never want to jeopardize what we've built. I wouldn't even take that chance," she told Page Six.

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Sheree, who divorced Smith in 1995, shares 29-year-old son Trey Smith with the Oscar-winning actor.

Despite her feelings about working with Jada, Sheree and Jada share a friendship that has endured for decades.

But Sheree says she has made an effort not to "blur lines" of friendship with Jada, who shares daughter Willow and son Jaden with Smith.

Sheree says she makes their friendship work for the sake of the children.

"You have to keep the main thing and those are our children. It's about making it work for their well-being," she said.

But Sheree says she doesn't object to Jada making cameo appearances on the reality TV series.

"You can never say never," Sheree said.

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Will Smith apologized again to comedian Chris Rock for slapping him during the 2022 Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 27.

Smith previously apologized to Rock in March, but received no response.

In an emotional video posted to his Instagram page on Friday, Smith said he tried again to reach out to Rock who is pictured with girlfriend Lake Bell, 43.


"I've reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he's not ready to talk when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you're ready to talk."

He also apologized to Rock's mother and his younger brother Tony Rock.

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Smith, 53, said he now he realizes how many people he hurt after the unprovoked attack on Rock.

"I just didn't realize how many people got hurt in that moment, so I want to apologize to Chris's mother. I want to apologize. I want to apologize to Tony Rock... Tony Rock was my man and this is probably irreparable," he said.

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Smith apologized to his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, whom he claimed to be defending when he stormed onstage and slapped the 57-year-old comedian for joking about Jada's bald head.

Smith said he took three months to replay the incident in his mind and to "work" on himself.

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"I spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment. I'm not going to try to unpack all of that right now but I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment. There is no part of me that thinks that's the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults."

Smith's career was derailed by The Slap and he was dropped by his agent.

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Colleagues and friends have since distanced themselves from Smith.

"I'm human and I made a mistake and I'm trying not to think of myself as a piece of s**t," he said.

"I would say to those people I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking, but I promise you I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world. And, you know, if you hang on I promise we'll be able to be friends again."

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Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle cracked jokes about Chappelle's attacker at a super secret comedy show on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Chappelle was tackled by knife-wielding Isaiah Lee, 23, during his comedy set at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday.

As you know, Rock was slapped by former A-list actor Will Smith during the Oscar Awards on March 27.

The two comedians joked about the incidents at a secret show at The Comedy Store club attended by Kim Kardashian, Sean Combs, and Mos Def.

"At least you got smacked by someone of repute!" Chappelle told Rock. "I got smacked by a homeless guy with leaves in his hair."

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Rock snapped back: "I got smacked by the softest n---a that ever rapped."

Twitter was not amused by Rock's jokes.

One Twitter user wrote: "If you got slapped by someone who was "soft", then what does that make you??? It's giving marshmallow, Charmin ultra-soft face a**."

Another Twitter user wrote: "Boooooo that's a trash a** joke try again cuz you still end up getting smacked so if Will is soft then what are you? [sic]"

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Update: A man who rushed comedian Dave Chappelle during his comedy set at the Hollywood Bowl suffered a broken arm and other injuries. The incident happened during Chappelle's set at the Netflix Is A Joke Festival on Tuesday night.

Several videos circulating online show a man rush Chappelle and tackle him to the stage before running behind the curtain where he was subdued by security and a few of Chappelle's friends.

According to reports, the man was kicked and punched by security before he was taken to a hospital on a gurney. The man is now in police custody at the hospital.

The LAPD confirmed a man was arrested at the Hollywood Bowl and that he was armed with a replica gun "that can eject a knife blade" when discharged.

"It was a trans man," said Chappelle, in reference to his jokes about transgender people in his Netflix specials.
ALSO READ: Dave Chappelle refuses to bend to transgender demands: 'You will not summon me'
According to Stephanie Wash, a journalist for ABC News, Chappelle was joined onstage by fellow comedian Chris Rock, who had performed earlier.

Rock joked, "Was that Will Smith?" in reference to the infamous slapping incident at the Oscar Awards in March.

In a video, Jamie Foxx told Chappelle, "N——, I thought that was part of the show, I didn't know what the f——k."

Chappelle then joked "I grabbed the back of that n—— head. His hair was spongy. Absorbent."

Foxx added: "For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You're a genius. You're a legend, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and we're not going to let nothing happen to you."

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Will Smith (right) was spotted in public for the first time after slapping Chris Rock (left) at the 2022 Oscar Awards.

Smith was spotted greeting fans at a private airport in Mumbai, India, three weeks after single-handedly destroying his A-list career.

A source tells PEOPLE that Smith is in India on a spiritual cleansing journey after assaulting the comedian in front of millions of viewers on March 27.

The source said Smith traveled to India to meet with spiritual guru Jagadish "Jaggi" Vasudev, also known as Sadhguru.

According to Black Enterprise, Sadhguru is owner a non-profit spiritual foundation called Isha.

Smith and his family first met Sadhguru in 2020 in Los Angeles, MEAWW News reports.

"I wanted my family to meet spiritual people, to start interacting with people who are not hooked on the material world," he said at the time.

Smith documented one of his meetings with the 65-year-old guru at his Los Angeles residence in 2020.

In an Instagram video posted on Smith's IG Stories, Sadhguru is seen arriving to Smith's home on a motorcycle, as Will and his daughter, Willow, greet him.

"In any area of life, those who are most successful are always the most miserable people because they get to the top of the world and the top of the world doesn't feel like the top of the world," Sadhguru told Smith in the video.

"What happened yesterday they're suffering today. Are you suffering life or your memory? You're just suffering your memory," he said, adding, "What may happen tomorrow you already suffer. You're suffering your imagination!"

Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, are reportedly divorcing after 25 years of marriage.

Chris Rock, whose fame has soared to new heights since The Slap, said he won't talk about the assault unless he is paid.

He allegedly consulted with attorneys about his options.

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Actress Thandie Newton denies reports that Channing Tatum fired her from his movie "Magic Mike's Last Dance" following a loud argument over Will Smith's Oscars slap.

Smith, 53, slapped Chris Rock in front of millions on live TV after the 57-year-old comedian joked about Jada Pinkett Smith's hair loss on March 27.

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A source on the "Magic Mike" set in West London told The Sun that the screaming match between Newton, 49, and Tatum, 41, escalated to such "astonishing" and "unimaginably vicious" levels that Tatum stormed off the set and drove off in a car.

Tatum reportedly sent word back to the set that he would not continue working with Newton.

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"Channing Tatum is the producer and number one on set," the source said. "Thandie Newton is the number two star. But 11 days into shooting and it's all over."

Steven Soderbergh, director of the HBO Max movie, tried to bring peace to the set, but Tatum was adamant that he wanted Newton gone, the source told the British tabloid.

"He was trying to calm things down but he's a very quiet man... They fell out over the debacle at the Oscars. I was on set. I watched her and watched him. They were in and out of the house where we were filming having this confrontation.

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"It was a tense exchange of words, but suddenly it escalated. Channing got into this car and he disappeared," the source said, adding that Newton acted like a "diva" on the set before the argument.

However, Newton's rep said she wasn't fired from the movie — she quit to deal with personal matters.

"Thandiwe Newton has made the difficult decision to step away from the production of Warner Bros. Pictures' Magic Mike's Last Dance to deal with family matters," the statement to Variety read.

"Magic Mike's Last Dance" is the third installment of the Magic Mike male stripper film franchise. The first 2 films grossed nearly $300 million worldwide the NY Post reports.

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Comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried died on Tuesday, April 12, following a long illness. He was 67.

His family broke the news of Gottfried's death in posts on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

"We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children."

In a statement to PEOPLE, his friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz confirmed Gottfried's death was the result of "Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II."

In his final Instagram post, Gottfried showed support for his friend and fellow comedian Chris Rock, who was assaulted by actor Will Smith during the Oscars on March 27.

"Which is the worst crime? Chris Rock being physically assaulted or Chris Rock telling a joke?" Gottfried wrote on March 28, alongside a photo of himself with Rock.

Gottfried was best known as the voice of the Aflac duck for the insurance company Aflac. He was fired by the insurance giant in 2011 for tweeting jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Gottfried also voiced the bird Iago in Disney's 1992 classic Aladdin. And he worked alongside his friend Chris Rock in various movie projects, including two Eddie Murphy films, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and Doctor Dolittle (1998).

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Update: Will Smith tells Page Six: "I accept and respect the Academy's decision," after the Academy announced he is banned from the Oscar's for the next 10 years.

The disgraced actor can't attend the Oscars in person or virtually and he will not be nominated for an Academy award for the next decade.

The harsh decision was announced on Friday, April 8, after the Academy's Board of Governors met via Zoom to decide his fate for slapping comedian Chris Rock on March 27.

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Smith, 53, walked onstage and slapped Rock, 57, after the comedian joked about the actor's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's hair loss during the 2022 Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theater.

The 54-member Board, including Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg, decided to let Smith keep his Oscar.

The meeting was pushed up to Friday, from April 18, after Smith resigned from the Academy last week.

Participants stated the Zoom meeting was "contentious" until they finally settled on banning the "King Richard" Oscar winner for the next 10 years.

According to a statement, the Academy "decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards."

The statement continued:

"We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast. This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy."

According to The Sun, Board members were "bitterly divided" over whether to repossess Smith's Best Actor trophy.

However, they ultimately decided it would be hypocritical to snatch his trophy while past winners like Harvey Weinstein still had theirs.

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Old video footage has surfaced on the Internet that reveals tension between Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith behind closed doors.

The cell phone video was filmed after Jada sat down with psychotherapist and relationship expert Esther Perel.

Jada was convinced that Perel helped them resolve their relationship issues and the pain they caused each other.

"Would you say [Perel] has been instrumental in you and I defining our relationship?" Jada asks her husband.

But Will is only focused on one thing: his social media presence.

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"I would say don't just start filming me without asking me," he responds.

"Oh my goodness," Jada says, "Esther, come help us again, please. I'm still dealing with foolishness."

She continues, "Would you say that she helped us heal the hurts that we caused between one another?"

But Will is not interested in Jada's psychobabble. Like most narcissists, he is only focused on his image and controlling how and when he is viewed by the public.

"My social media presence is my bread and butter," says Will, who has over 63 million followers on Instagram alone.

"So, you can't just use me for social media and not... You know, don't just start rolling. I'm standing in my house."

Jada faces the camera and urges her followers to watch an upcoming episode of Red Table Talk, featuring Perel as her special guest.

"Please watch Esther at the Red Table, because she's helped us a lot. Can't you tell?"

In the episode, Jada revealed to Perel that Will "felt abandoned" after she wanted more independence in their marriage, i.e., she wanted an open marriage.

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Will was apparently fine with an open marriage - until details of her tryst with retired singer August Alsina leaked to the public.

Alsina is now taking bids on a tell-all book about their sexual escapades. Several publishing houses are said to be interested in the book.

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Jada Pinkett Smith "wishes" her husband Will Smith didn't slap comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscar Awards.

Chris, who was presenting an Oscar award, looked at Jada's bald head and said he couldn't wait to see G.I. Jane 2, a reference to the 1997 movie starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head for the role.

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Will walked onstage and forcefully slapped Chris, before returning to his seat and yelling at the comedian to keep his wife's name out of his mouth.

An insider tells Us Weekly that Will "was in the heat of the moment and it was him overreacting" to Chris's joke about Jada's hair loss.

"He knows that, she knows that. They're in agreement that he overreacted," the unnamed insider said.

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The insider tells Us Weekly that Will didn't slap Chris to defend his wife, who allegedly suffers from alopecia.

The insider said Jada is "not a wallflower", nor "one of these women that needs protecting".

"He didn't need to do what he did," they said.

Whoopi Goldberg, who is a member of the Academy's Governor's board, believes Will Smith's career will recover from the setback. However, both Netflix and Sony have shelved Will's projects that may never see the light of day.

There is a new report that Will's talent agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), are divided over whether to cut ties with Will since The Slap.

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According to, CAA bosses Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett and Kevin Huvane, have a tough decision to make, despite one of their biggest stars winning the industry's most prestigious award.

The Daily Beast reports that a furious debate took place at CAA in the aftermath of The Slap.

Lourd reportedly wanted to drop Will Smith from CAA's roster, like they distanced themselves from former client Harvey Weinstein.

But Lovett wants to keep Will on board and ride out the storm together.

Meanwhile, CAA denies The Daily Beast's report.

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According to Roger Friedman, of Showbiz411, Will Smith is hiding out in one of his favorite places on earth: Dubai.

Sources tell Friedman that days after Smith slapped Oscar presenter Chris Rock, he was flown to Dubai by his BFF, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, aka "Fazza."

If you follow Smith on social media, you know that he has been to the Middle East kingdom frequently over the years.

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Smith is very good friends with Fazza, and godfather to his twins.

When the babies were born, Smith sent custom made gifts to them. Fazza posted a picture of Will with the gifts to his @Faz3 Instagram account that has over 14 million followers

In 2021, Smith shot his documentary, "The Best Shape of My Life," in Fazza's private gym in Dubai. Smith vowed to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks. But he was also there to heal himself mentally (obviously, that didn't happen).

Smith brought his movie, "Suicide Squad," to Dubai in 2016 for a Hollywood premiere. Most US movies do not get premieres in Dubai, according to Freidman.

Smith's visits to Dubai have been documented on Esquire's MidEast website.

"I came to Dubai about 15 years ago," Smith said. "I was crossing over to Mumbai. It was the first time that the Emirates Airline had the nonstop from Los Angeles. And so I stayed here a couple days, and it was absolutely amazing to me what the dream of Dubai was..."

"There are just some places where they fit for you. Sometimes you just show up places, and you don't know why, but it just agrees with you. Dubai dreams the way I dream. I'm completely at home, and I feel inspired, and I want to create, and I want to be a part of the ideas, and the bridge between the Middle East and America and the West. I just feel like my gifts would be particularly useful here. I want to be a part of it."


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Bill Maher seemed to take Chris Rock's side after Will Smith slapped the comedian during the 2022 Oscar Awards.

Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) on Friday, nearly a week after The Slap.

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It was theorized that Smith was defending his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's honor after Rock cracked a joke about Jada's hair loss.

Jada Pinkett Smith previously announced she was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder characterized by shiny bald spots on the scalp.

In his monologue on "Real Time With Bill Maher", the comedian called Smith a "d*ck."

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"I'm not here to humiliate Will Smith. He gets enough of that at home," Maher joked.

Many believe that Jada psychologically manipulated Will Smith over the years, and that he finally snapped.

Maher noted that alopecia is not a deadly illness - and certainly not worth manipulating a man to ruin his own career.

"If you are so lucky in life as to have that be your medical problem, just say 'Thank God,'" Maher told Jada.

"It's not life-threatening. It's part of – for most people, 80% of men, 50% of women – it's part of aging. Aging is, trust me, I know, it's the degradation of the flesh. It happens to all of us. And you know, just put on a f**king wig like everybody else at the Oscars if it bothers you so much."

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The 2022 Grammy Awards opened with the host and presenters taking jabs at canceled actor Will Smith.

Will Smith jokes were on everyone's lips at the Grammys a week after the disgraced actor slapped Oscar Awards presenter Chris Rock onstage.

The Grammys opened on Sunday with host Trevor Noah taking a jab at Smith. "We're going to be keeping people's names out of our mouths," he said in reference to Smith yelling at Rock to keep Jada Pinkett Smith's name out of his mouth.

Before introducing presenter Nate Bargazte, actor LeVar Burton reminded the audience that Bargazte is a comedian.

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"I want to warn you all that our next presenter is a comedian. If you know what I mean," he said. "So I need to caution everybody: Remain in your seats and keep your hands to yourself. Alright?"

Then Bargatze walked out onstage wearing a black helmet.

"They said comedians have to wear these now at award shows during their joke parts," Bargazte said. "It doesn't even cover your face, I think it just focuses where you would hit me."

Smith resigned in disgrace from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) on Friday, saying that he "betrayed the trust of the Academy," in a statement to Fox News Digital.

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"I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct," Smith said. "My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy."

Smith's resignation came days after AMPAS announced a hearing on April 18 to take disciplinary action against the "King Richard" star.

Among the options on the table are revoking Smith's membership from the Academy (which Smith did himself) and asking him to return his coveted statuette, aka the "death penalty."

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Actor Denzel Washington appeared as a guest on Bishop T.D. Jakes' Master Class.

Washington told Jakes that he prayed with Smith after The Slap, and he believes prayer is the "solution" to Smith's mental breakdown.

"There but for the grace of God go any of us," Washington said. "Who are we to condemn? I don't know the ins and outs of the situation, but I know the only solution was prayer."

The fallout continues for Smith, as Netflix and Sony announced his projects have been put on hold.

Smith's Netflix film Fast and Loose was "quietly moved to the back burner" according to The Hollywood Reporter. And Sony paused production of Bad Boys For Life (a.k.a. Bad Boys 4) indefinitely.

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Rumor has it that Smith was experiencing a "manic" episode when he hauled off and slapped Rock during the Oscar Awards on March 27.

Insiders whisper that no one wants to work with Smith due to fears he might be triggered and slap someone on the set.