Will Smith receives a 10 year ban from the Academy Awards for slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith receives a 10 year ban from the Academy Awards for slapping Chris Rock

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has barred, renowned actor Will Smith from attending the Academy’s event for 10 years following his Oscars night slap of comedian Chris Rock.

The Academy made this statement, which elicited mixed reactions, clear on Friday when they announced the actor’s ban, in which he will not be allowed to attend any event for a decade but will retain his title as best actor and will still be nominated for an award but will not attend any Academy ceremony in person.

The ban followed Will Smith’s slapping of comedian Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Will Smith receives a 10 year ban from the Academy Awards for slapping Chris Rock
Smith gave a tearful apology when collecting his Oscar for Best Actor after the slap on March 27

Smith wept as he accepted his Oscar for Best Actor on March 27th, following the slap.

‘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.

‘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.’

In a statement on Friday afternoon after the decision was reached, Smith told Deadline: ‘I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.’

He was then back to his jovial self at the Vanity Fair after-party
At the Vanity Fair after-party, he was back to his cheerful self.

He had already resigned from the Academy last Friday, removing the decision to revoke his membership from their hands, as it had done with Harvey Weinstein. Meanwhile, Smith’s wife, Jada, will be permitted to attend in-person events.

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