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Will Smith Gets Banned From the Academy for 10 Years

As a result of slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.

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Will Smith Gets Banned From the Academy for 10 Years

As a result of slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.

Will Smith has officially been banned from the Oscars and all other Academy events or programs from today until April 8, 2032, following his stunt against Chris Rock.

The actor is facing these consequences after he went on stage at the 2022 Oscars and slapped the comedian for telling a joke relating to wife Jada Pinkett Smith‘s shaved head, which is a result of Alopecia. Since then, Smith resigned from the Oscars last week and publicly apologized to the Academy and everyone else involved.

After the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences met on Friday to discuss repercussions, they’ve come to the agreement to ban him for a decade.

The following is the Academy’s statement:

“The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.

During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has 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.

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. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.”

Stay tuned for updates on Will Smith and the Academy.

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