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Tatyana Ali has weighed in on the Oscars drama between her ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ co-star Will Smith and Chris Rock.
Ali admitted she was “heartbroken for what happened” at the 94th Academy Awards in a statement shared on Twitter on Sunday.
“I really like #WillSmith. @chrisrock didn’t deserve to be punched. Period. My heart aches for what happened. I don’t know what caused this chaos and confusion, but I I know Will has a big heart. I’ve seen him do his best to do the right thing many times. I believe in him.”
Ali appeared alongside Smith during all six seasons of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which ran from 1990 to 1996.
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Rock appeared in the episode “Get A Job” in 1996.
Smith stormed the stage at the Oscars and slapped Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. The actor went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘King Richard’ less than an hour after the altercation.
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The following day, the Academy launched a formal investigation and held a board meeting to make a decision on the potential consequences. On Friday, Smith had himself resigned from the Academy.
Smith announced his resignation in a statement through his representative.
“I have directly responded to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct,” Smith said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
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“My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards 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, everyone who were in attendance and a global audience at I Betrayed the Academy’s Trust.
Smith also apologized to Rock via a statement shared on his Instagram.
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