Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years

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By , KNX News 97.1 FM

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has decided to bar actor Will Smith from attending any events sponsored by the organization for a period of 10 years.

The temporary ban comes on the heels of Smith’s physical altercation with comedian Chris Rock during the 2022 Academy Awards.

“Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars,” a letter from the board released Friday read. “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.”

The board went on to express “deep gratitude” to Chris Rock for “maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances.”

Prior to the decision, Academy President David Rubin said in a letter that because Smith announced his resignation from the Academy, “suspension or expulsion are no longer a possibility." Last week, the actor announced his resignation, calling his actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable.”

In March, Smith slapped Rock during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards after the comedian made a joke on stage about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

After Smith slapped the comedian, he walked back to his seat and yelled at the comedian to “Keep my wife's name out your f***ing mouth!"

Smith later went on to win Best Actor for his role as Serena and Venus Williams’ father in “King Richard.”

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