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Will Smith banned from the Oscars for a decade after Chris Rock slapping incident

The Board of Governors of the Academy has announced that Will Smith will not be permitted to attend the Oscars for the next 10 years.

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04/10/2022 02:47 PM
Will Smith banned from the Oscars for a decade after Chris Rock slapping incident
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Will Smith has been banned from attending the Academy Awards for the next ten years.

On Friday, April 8 (US time), the Board of Governors of the Academy announced its decision regarding Will's behavior at the 94th Oscars on March 27 (US time) when he slapped and shouted profanities towards comedian Chris Rock on stage.

"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," Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement on Friday.


They also expressed their gratitude to Chris 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," the statement added.

Following the decision of the Academy, Will issued a short statement via CNN saying, "I accept and respect the Academy's decision."

According to a report by CNN, Will can still be nominated for an Oscar because the "standards of conduct rules do not apply to awards eligibility."

On March 29, Will Smith took to social media to apologize to Chris following the incident.

He wrote, "Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s (his wife Jada Pinkett Smith) medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Oscar-winning actor also said sorry to the Academy for his actions.

"I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us. I am a work in progress," he said in his post.

Prior to the decision of the Board of Governors, Will announced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences on April 4.

"I am resigning from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate," he said in a statement to CNN.

READ: Will Smith publicly apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping incident at Oscars

With his resignation, Will will not be able to vote on Oscar-nominated films and performances.

Meanwhile, Chris is yet to share his thoughts about the incident.

On March 31 (US time) during his live show in Boston, Chris said, "How was your weekend? I don’t have a bunch of s**t about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend. I’m still kind of processing what happened. So, at some point I’ll talk about that s**t. And it will be serious and funny."