Will Smith Banned from The Academy Awards Ceremony and Events for 10 Years

Will Smith Banned from The Academy Awards Ceremony and Events for 10 Years

The Academy has released a statement regarding the consequences of Will Smith’s action against comedian Chris Rock during the latest Oscars ceremony. The statement reads: “Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. 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.”

Related: Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for slapping him at the Oscars

Smith quickly responded to the decision, sharing: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.” The choice to ban Will Smith hardly comes as a surprise following the highly publicized on-screen slap that took place during the Academy Awards ceremony on May 27, 2022.

Related: Will Smith smacks Chris Rock for making fun of his wife at the Oscars

Chris Rock and his representatives have yet to release a statement regarding the ban. This is a developing story, so be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things entertainment!


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