The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has banned actor Will Smith from attending the Oscars or other related events and programs for 10 years. The decision comes after Smith took the stage at the March 27 ceremony andafter Rock joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
The move means Smith, who won this year’s Best Actor Oscar for his role in King Richard, won’t be able to present the Best Actress statuette at the 2023 awards. last year.
In a statement on Friday, the Academy said the ceremony was “overshadowed by the unacceptable and damaging behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage and apologized that nothing was done to remedy to Smith’s situation after he punched Rock, he was allowed to return to his seat and then return to the stage later to accept his Best Actor trophy.
“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,” says the press release.
The Academy also thanked Rock for “keeping his cool under extraordinary circumstances.”
Smith had alreadycalling his actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable”.
In a statement quoted by The New York Times, Smith said “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
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