Will Smith Reacts To Academy Ban After Chris Rock Slapped At Oscars

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Accept his punishment. Will Smith responded to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to ban him from all Oscars events for 10 years as punishment for slapping Chris Rock through the face.

“I accept and respect the decision of the Academy,” said the King Richard star, 53, said in a statement to page 6 Friday, April 8.

Earlier today, the Academy announced it had reached a decision after conducting a formal review of Smith’s actions at the 2022 Oscars. “The 94th Academy Awards were meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community. who did an amazing job last year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” a letter sent by the Academy President david rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson Friday bed. “During our TV show, we did not adequately address the situation in the venue. For that, 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 weren’t up to it – not prepared for the unprecedented.

The statement concluded: “Today the Board of Governors called a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board of Trustees has resolved, for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, that 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 board meeting took place via Zoom on Friday, nearly two weeks after the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air the alum’s altercation with Rock, 57.

At the Oscars, Smith slapped the comedian after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smithhas a shaved head. (The Red table discussion host, 50, suffers from alopecia.) “Will Smith just fucked me up,” the longest yard star exclaimed after the Bad Boys star stormed the stage. When Smith got back to his seat, he yelled at Rock to keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.

In addition to addressing his behavior during his tearful acceptance speech, Smith officially apologized to Rock the following day via Instagram.

“Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable,” Smith wrote, adding, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.

A week after the Oscars, Smith resigned from the Academy, which Rubin said in an April 1 statement meant certain potential sanctions, like suspension from membership or expulsion, were “no longer a possibility. “.

The “Just the Two of Us” singer said in a statement at the time that he “deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I have the I want to put the spotlight back on those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support the creativity and art of filmmaking.

Smith continued, “Therefore, I resign my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any other consequences the board deems appropriate.”

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