The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday it is banning Will Smith from its Oscars ceremonies for the next 10 years. The Independence Day, Men in Black and Bad Boys star infamously slapped Chris Rock on the Oscars stage last month for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s close-cropped hairdo and yelling profanities at the comedian on the live ABC broadcast.
Moments later, Smith took the stage again — this time to collect a Best Actor statuette for his performance in the 2021 film, King Richard. He later apologized to the academy and Rock for his behavior, then announced his resignation from the academy.
The Sun reported that Smith has since checked into a luxury rehab to deal with the fallout from his assault on Rock, who declined to press charges. The tabloid cited an unnamed source as saying: “Will is very upset. He will receive help to deal with the stress.”
Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from the hair-loss condition, alopecia. On Friday, the academy revealed how it will penalize Smith for his outrageous actions.
“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,” the academy said in a press release.
“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,” the organization added. “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. We want 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 during our telecast.
“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.”
Smith responded to the decision with the brief statement, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” according to Deadline.