The 54-person board of directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences met on Friday and banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars or any Academy event for 10 years. The move comes just 12 days after Smith assaulted Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards live stream.
“The 94th Academy Awards 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 damaging behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” the academy said in a statement.
Smith preemptively resigned from the academy last week in preparation for the meeting and said he would accept any punishment imposed by the academy.
“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a statement.
The academy also apologized for handling the situation and allowing Smith to stay and accept his best actor award for “King Richard.”
“During our TV show, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For that, we are sorry,” the academy said. “It was an opportunity for us to lead by example. to our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we failed to deliver – unprepared for the unprecedented. ”
In a statement in the days after the Oscars, the academy said Smith was asked to leave the ceremony but declined.
But it’s unclear how the message got to Smith or what form it took, and multiple outlets reported that he was never officially asked to leave the Dolby Theater. The Los Angeles Times reported in an article Thursday that Oscar producer Will Packer told Smith, “Officially, we don’t want you to leave. We want you to stay.
The ban means Smith will not present one of the major awards at next year’s Oscars, as is the tradition for the best actor winner.
The academy in its Friday statement also expressed “deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances.”
The academy’s statement did not say whether Smith could be nominated for an Oscar during his 10-year ban. Nor did he take action to revoke Smith’s Oscar.
The academy has not revoked the Oscars of expelled members Harvey Weinstein or Roman Polanski.
Smith’s Academy ban follows news that Netflix suspended production of Will Smith-led crime thriller Fast and loose. Last week, Sony said it had “suspended” production of bad boys 4. Earlier this week, teenage Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa walked away from the Will Smith-backed young adult film Bounce.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.