Will Smith has been banned from participating in the Oscars or any other academy event for a decade.
This decision was made by the Academy’s Board of Governors on Friday, 8th April 2022.
This comes after the actor assaulted his colleague, Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars following a joke he cracked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Will Smith stormed the stage and gave Chris Rock a hefty slap for making a joke about his wife on stage.
During a meeting scheduled on 18th April but later moved to 8th April, the President of the Academy, David Rubin detailed in a letter that “suspension or expulsion is no longer a possibility, and the legally prescribed timetable no longer applies. It is in the best interest of all involved for this to be handled in a timely fashion.”
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,” the letter penned down by David Rubin and the CEO of the Academy, Dawn Hudson revealed.
Reacting to the 10-year ban, Will Smith, in a statement through The Washington Post stated that; “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision”.