The Academy has decided that Will Smith can’t go to the Oscars for the next ten years as consequence for slapping Chris Rock on stage.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have settled on consequences for Will Smith, 53, over the viral slap. Due to hitting Chris Rock, 57, in the face on stage at the 2022 Oscars, the King Richard star cannot attend any events hosted by The Academy, including the Oscars, for the next ten years.
“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,” AMPAS President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.
The Academy also called Will’s actions at the March 27 ceremony “unacceptable and harmful behavior.” The statement continued, “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. 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.”
Will Smith has recently replied, saying: “I accept and respect Academy ‘s decision“.