Actor Will Smith Banned From Attending Oscars For A Decade

Smith Has Joined The List Of Artists Banned From Attending The Oscars

Because of a slap that nearly got him imprisoned, he was now condemned to a lengthy and harsh penalty.

Will Smith was banned from attending the Academy Awards for the next 10 years after hitting comedian and presenter Chris Rock on stage at the ceremony two weeks ago.
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He is also not authorized to attend any further Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences events for the next decade, according to a statement received by CNN from the Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson on Friday.

“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 statement reads.

“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.”

“The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year,” the statement added. “However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.”

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“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.”

The Best Actor winner then, accepted his ten-year ban from the Academy Awards as a result of what he did, stating, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

As we previously reported, Smith struck Rock in the face with an open palm and yelled a profanity at him for making a joke about his wife’s looks at the Oscars event. He recently resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Netflix has put his films on hold.

Reactions to Actor Will Smith Banned From Attending Oscars For A Decade

Thought Will Smith should have been kicked out and not allow to make acceptance speech but 10 years seem a little draconian, no? I think even Chris Rock will come out against this ban. 3-5 years seems more reasonable.

@tinoubao

Will Smith after the 10 year Oscar ban

@pinatafarms

Actor Will Smith has been suspended Will Smith and will not be allowed to attend the Oscars for 10 YEARS. Meanwhile, these guys are still off the hook.

@TomHamill2

So.... Will Smith is banned from the Oscars over the slap... but when are y'all gonna ban known 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙨 from attending an receiving awards because Louis CK just won a whole ass Grammy???

@oddnoir

Will Smith getting a 10 year ban while Harvey Weinstein *checks notes* got nothing

@sami34m

Since The Academy wants to ban Will Smith for 10 years are they also going to ban known predators, domestic & work abusers, and sexual abusers that are still part of their roster?

@TvKhaleesi

Will Smith banned for 10 years from the academy. So they gonna ban the predators too or no?

@jazzyfizzle____

I know they did not ban will smith from the Oscar’s for 10 years when there are literally abusers who get free passes every godamn year

@feralgghours

The Academy shouldn’t have taken such a drastic action against Will Smith. A ban of 10 years from all events is harsh and they should rescind it. #WillSmithAssault

@RiyashaTweets

This Will Smith ban is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. There are literally rapists and pedophiles in Hollywood and they haven’t been banned from the Oscars.

@hlovo_

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