Will Smith continues to suffer stiff consequences for using violence at this year’s Oscars ceremony. Some thought Will Smith committed career suicide when he slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony. It seems now another Will Smith feature has been cancelled.
According to Deadline, Will Smith’s stand-up comedy series This Joka will not return to Roku for a second season. While Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards reportedly had nothing to do with the decision to cancel the show, it is the latest of the actor’s projects to be shelved in the aftermath of the controversy.
This Joka was executive produced by Smith himself. It featured comedians such as Punkie Johnson, Demi Adejuyigbe, and Baron Vaughn, as well as Smith himself, and brought together up-and-coming and established stand-up comedians to discuss the art of stand-up. When it comes to Roku’s decision not to proceed with the show, Deadline reported that the option to renew the series lapsed before the streamer launched the show, as the streamer was unable to gauge viewership before making a decision.
This made a second season unlikely in the first place. Smith has a number of projects that are no longer moving forward as a result of the slap. Netflix is no longer moving forward with the actor’s previously announced 2021 stand-up special, and the streamer has also backed away from Fast and Loose, a film Smith was set to star in, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith’s National Geographic nature show will also be cancelled, according to Bloomberg. Smith is also facing repercussions from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which voted last month to bar him from Academy events, including the Oscars, for the next ten years. Smith, who won Best Actor for King Richard after slapping Rock, had previously resigned from his position in the Academy and apologized.
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