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Will Smith Receives 10 Years Ban From the Academy Award Event

Will Smith Receives 10 Years Ban From the Academy Award Event

Will Smith has been barred from participating in any Academy events or programs for the next ten years, which includes the Academy Awards, in person or remotely.

In a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences family obtained by ET, Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said the Board of Governors decided in a Friday meeting that “Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events for ten years from April 8, 2022,” including the Academy Awards.

“Deep appreciation to [Chris Rock] for retaining his composure under difficult circumstances,” the letter continued.

According to Rubin and Hudson, the action taken in reaction to Smith’s behavior was justified “is a step in achieving a wider goal of ensuring the safety of our performers and guests while also rebuilding faith in the Academy. We also hope that this will mark the start of a period of healing and repair for all those engaged and affected.”

During the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, Smith stood up, walked over to Rock onstage, and smacked him across the face. After Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head and pointed to her from the platform saying, “Jada, you are one of my favorite people on the planet.
I’m excited for G.I. Jane 2.” Jada’s unfavorable reaction was captured on camera, but she was also caught on tape smiling and cheering moments later after Rock remarked, “Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.”

“The 94th Academy Awards were supposed to be a celebration of the many people in our community who accomplished outstanding work this year; yet, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and hurtful behavior we saw Mr. Smith demonstrate on stage,” the letter to the Academy family said. “We did not appropriately address the issue in the room during our telecast. We apologize for this. We had a chance to set an example for our guests, viewers, and Academy family throughout the world, but we failed miserably because we were unprepared for the unprecedented.”

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Smith, who would have earned his first Oscar for his part in King Richard shortly after the event, apologized to the Academy and the nominees for the tense exchange. Following the incident, Smith was approached by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry. Since then, he’s expressed regret to Rock. Later, on his first of two sold-out comedy shows in Boston, the comedian declined to file a police report with the LAPD and just briefly addressed the incident.

The meeting of the Academy Board of Governors came just days after Rubin wrote to the board, conveying his desire to move the meeting from April 18 to Friday, detailing that the actor’s retirement from the Academy meant that “suspension or expulsion is no longer a possibility” and that the “legally prescribed timetable” no longer applied.

According to the letter, the Academy was required to provide Smith 15 days’ notice ahead of the board meeting under California law and the Academy’s Standards of Conduct. “Give him the chance to deliver a written statement to the board no less than five days before that meeting,” the Academy was also expected to do. The board, however, was no longer bound by the Standards of Conduct following Smith’s retirement from the Academy.

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