Will Smith banned from the Oscars for 10 years
Today (April 8), the Oscars delivered their sentence for Will Smith.
Actor and musician Smith is now banned from the awards show for 10 years after he slapped comedian Chris Rock on the show in March.
In a statement, Smith said he accepted the punishment, offering, “I accept and respect the decision of the Academy.”
The ban came after Smith took the stage during the final awards broadcast and approached Rock and slapped him after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett, and her head shaved.
According to a statement from the Academy, “For a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including, but not limited to, the Oscars.”
The statement continued: “The 94th Oscars was meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.
“During our TV show, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For that, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, our viewers and to our Academy family around the world, and we weren’t up to it, unprepared for the unprecedented.
The Academy also recognized Rock, issuing an apology and thanking the famous comedian, saying, “We want to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rock for keeping his cool under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our TV show.
The statement added: “This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is one step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests and restoring trust in the Academy. We hope also that it can begin a period of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.
Prior to the Academy’s decision, Smith resigned from the Academy.
In a statement from Smith released April 1, he said, “I have directly responded to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct. 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, all in attendance and a global audience back home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.
Smith added last week: “I deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken. I want to re-emphasize those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to look back on the incredible work it does to support creativity and the art of filmmaking.
“Therefore, I am resigning my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any other consequences the board deems appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work for myself. ensure that I never again allow violence to take precedence over reason.
Read more about the incident and our story after it happened HERE. Since it happened, it’s been the most talked about pop culture event in recent memory. Now we hope everyone can start healing and overcoming the problem.
Amazingly, on the night of the slap, Smith also won Best Actor for his role in the film, King Richard.
See the uncensored moment below:
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