Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars for ten years after slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars for 10 years after the academy opened an investigation into his actions after he stormed the stage and punched comedian Chris Rock in the face last month. Will has since said he “accepts” the decision.

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Oscars: Will Smith slams Chris Rock after joking about Jada

Will Smith was banned from the Oscars for 10 years after he stormed the stage and punched Chris Rock in the face.

In a statement to PA after the news broke, Will said: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

An investigation into his actions was launched following last month’s star-studded ceremony.

“The Board has determined that for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not participate, in person or virtually, in any Academy events or programs, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.” CNN Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement Friday.

The decision was reportedly made during a Board of Governors meeting held in Los Angeles earlier in the day.

Will Smith with his Oscar for Best Actor last month



The meeting was originally scheduled for April 18 but was brought forward after the actor resigned from the academy last week.

It was previously thought that the star’s retirement would not prevent the actor from being nominated for future awards.

According to US media sources, the Academy’s full statement reads: “The 94th Academy Awards was meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who have done incredible work over the past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage.

“During our broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. We’re sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we failed – unprepared for the unprecedented.

The shocking moment Will slapped Chris on stage


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“Today the Board of Governors called a meeting to consider how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board of Governors has determined that Mr. Smith shall not, in person or virtually, participate in any Academy events or programs, including but not limited to the Academy Awards, for a period of 10 years beginning on April 8.”

They continue: “We would like 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 throughout our broadcast.

“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step towards a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope that this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected.”

Chris has remained silent about the incident

Comedian Chris has yet to comment publicly on the slap in the face – he has since turned off hecklers on comedy shows several times.

Chris may not be ready to speak out about the attack, but the star’s brother was keen to give his opinion on the matter – previously saying he would like to see the actor’s award for The Academy’s Best Actor revoked.

“Every time I watch the videos, it’s like a replay going on over and over in my head,” Kenny Rock said Los Angeles Times earlier this week.

“My brother wasn’t a threat to him and you just didn’t have any respect for him at that moment. They just belittled him in front of millions of people watching the show.”

Will with his 25-year-old wife Jada at the Oscars last month


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Will had won the best actor award for his leading role in King Richard and took the stage to accept it shortly after slapping Chris in the face.

His outburst came after Chris joked with Will’s actress, wife Jada Pinkett Smith, that he can’t wait to see her in GI Jane 2, referring to how Demi Moore shaved her head for the role.

But Jada, who has alopecia and shaved off her hair after it started falling out, looked visibly upset as she rolled her eyes and her face fell.

Will suddenly stormed onto the stage and punched Chris before returning to his seat and yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”

Will’s slap divided opinion around the world

Public opinion was divided over what had happened.

Some praised Will for standing up for his wife, while others said violence was never the answer and called for the prestigious award to be stripped from him.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences condemned Will’s behavior after the incident and said it would open an investigation.

A statement said: “The Academy condemns the actions of Mr Smith at last night’s show. We will review additional actions and consequences consistent with our statutes, standards of conduct, and California law.”

Will was emotional receiving his first-ever Oscar


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According to the Code of Conduct, such actions could result in “suspension of membership or expulsion from membership.”

Will had apologized to the academy and fellow contestants when accepting his award, and later publicly humbly apologized to Chris.

He wrote: “Violence in all its forms is poisonous 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 health was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.

Will eventually apologized directly to Chris


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“I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place 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 contestants and all viewers around the world.

“I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. I deeply regret that my behavior marred an otherwise great trip for all of us.

“I’m still in the works. Sincerely, Will.”

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