Will Smith not permitted to attend Oscars for 10 years
Will Smith will not be permitted to attend the Academy Awards for the next 10 years, as a result of his slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced in a statement.
Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson statement :
“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 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage."
”During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room," “For this, we are sorry. This 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."
“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.”