The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that it will be banning Will Smith from attending the Oscars for the next decade.
In a statement, Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said Smith would be banned from “all Academy events or programs, in person or virtually,” for a period of 10 years from April 8.
“The action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy,” the Academy said. communicated. “We also hope this can begin a period of healing and restoration for everyone involved and impacted.”
Smith released a brief statement on the decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
The news comes less than two weeks after Smith slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head as the comedian presented an award at the March 27 ceremony. Jada Pinkett Smith has been open about her struggles with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.
Rubin and Hudson also apologized for not addressing the incident on the telecast.
“It 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,” they said. they wrote.
The incident shocked viewers around the world and led to several days of reactions and discussions. Will Smith, who received the best actor award for his role in ‘King Richard’ just minutes after slapping Rock, has since apologized for his actions. He also resigned his membership in the academy and said he was ready to “accept any other consequences” the organization deemed appropriate.
“The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance, and a global audience,” Smith said in a statement April 1.