Many have been asking why Will Smith was not asked to leave the ceremony.

He shocked fans around the world when he stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock.

Rock had made what many consider to be a tasteless joke about Smith’s wife’s hair loss condition, alopecia.

However, he got up on the stage minutes later to accept the award for Best Actor.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Academy says that they did ask them to leave.

They added that Smith refused to leave the ceremony.

They added, “we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.”

Whoopi Goldberg, who is a member of the Board of Governors, said they are not going to ask him to return his Oscar.

However, suspension and expulsion are two disciplinary measures they are considering.