Will Smith barred from the Oscars for TEN years after slapping Chris Rock at this year’s ceremony
The board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organises the Oscars, have revealed he will not be allowed to attend any of their events.
The incident went down after the Grown Ups star cracked a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head.
Earlier this week, the Academy announced that the slap had been deemed a violation of their code of conduct.
Smith, who was nominated for his role in King Richard, was asked to leave the awards show in the wake of the slap.
He refused, however.
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.