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Will Smith banned from Academy events for 10 years, including Oscars

“The Board 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 without s ‘limited to it, the Oscars,’ the Academy president said. David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement Friday.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Board of Governors held earlier in the day in Los Angeles.

The reunion, originally scheduled for April 18, was expedited after Smith announced his resignation from the Academy last week.

The letter added: “The 94th Oscars was meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.”

“During our television broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room,” the letter continued. “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 of Governors said in an earlier statement that it wanted the matter to be “addressed in a timely manner”. Smith’s resignation means he’s no longer on the Academy’s electorate, but that doesn’t preclude the Oscar winner from being nominated in the future, an informed source told CNN.

The actor punched Rock while the comedian was on stage at the Academy Awards on March 27 after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s cropped hair.

Pinkett Smith suffers from hair loss due to alopecia.

Rock hasn’t spoken in depth publicly about the incident.

A few days after it happened, Rock appeared on a comedy show in Boston as part of his “Ego Death Tour” and said “I don’t have a lot of bullshit about what happened, so if you just heard that, I wrote a whole show before this weekend. And I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about this shit. And this will be serious and it will be funny, but now I will tell jokes.”

CNN has reached out to reps for Smith and Rock for comment.

In its letter, the Academy also expressed its “deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances.”

Smith publicly apologized to Rock the day after the incident via social media.

Smith also contacted the show’s producer, Will Packer, the next morning to apologize and express his embarrassment, the producer told “Good Morning America.”

During the interview with “GMA,” Packer said officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were ready to arrest Smith for assault, but Rock said he didn’t want to.

CNN’s Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.

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