Will Smith was banned from attending the Oscars for a decade after slapping Chris Rock in the face onstage at this year’s ceremony. The actor’s outburst sparked an investigation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that led to a disciplinary hearing in Los Angeles on Friday (April 8).
In a statement, Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said: “The Board of Trustees 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 not limited to the Oscars.”
The reunion was originally scheduled to take place on April 18, but was brought forward after the actor resigned from the Academy last week. It was previously believed that the star’s resignation would not prevent the actor from being nominated for future awards, reports The Mirror.
Smith had won Best Actor for his lead role in King Richard, taking the stage to accept it shortly after slapping Rock, who joked he was looking forward to seeing Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in GI Jane 2., referencing how Demi Moore shaved her head for the role.
Jada had previously spoken of developing alopecia and deciding to shave her hair after it started to fall out. Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees when he received his award, then issued a public apology.
Smith said: “Violence in any form is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s condition was too much. for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no room for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
He added: “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the participants and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams family and to my King Richard family.
“I deeply regret that my behavior tainted what has been an otherwise magnificent journey for all of us. I am a work in progress.”