The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has banned Will Smith from all of its events, including the Oscars, for 10 years after the best actor slapped presenter Chris Rock onstage during the awards ceremony. Oscars.
Smith publicly apologized and resigned from the academy. The Academy’s decision on Friday comes after its president, David Rubin, accelerated a board meeting scheduled for April 18 in light of Smith’s voluntary resignation. In his letter to board members, Rubin said Ampas rules stipulated 15 days’ notice to consider suspending a membership, but after Smith’s resignation that no longer applied.
The Academy in a statement called Smith’s actions “unacceptable and harmful.”
“The 94th Academy Awards were meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year,” the letter continues. “However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.”
The Academy also apologized for its handling of the situation during its live broadcast, adding: “During our television broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are 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.
Smith slapped Rock after the comedian joked about the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Shortly after the incident, Smith won Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, in King Richard. Ampas later said that Smith was asked to leave the ceremony after the incident and refused, although later reports suggest it was not a formal request and that the show’s producer, Will Packer wanted him to stay. It was later reported that Rubin and Ampas CEO Dawn Hudson held a secret meeting with Smith two days after the Academy Awards.
The decision to ban Smith for a decade stems from “tons of debate” about the consequences of the assault, a board member told CNN. Smith lost his Academy vote with his resignation. Had he been expelled by the board, Smith would have joined a small group of ignominious men removed from the Academy – Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby – as well as actor Carmine Caridi, who was expelled for sharing reward screens.
In his resignation, Smith said he would “accept any other consequences the board deems appropriate.”
“I have betrayed the trust of the Academy,” he added in the statement. “I deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work.”