Will Smith banned from the Oscars for 10 years

OSCARS – The Academy of the Oscars decided this Friday, April 8, to ban Will Smith from any ceremony or event that he is going to organize for a period of ten years, as sanction for the slap the actor slapped the comedian Chris Rock in full gala evening at the end of March.

“Mr. Smith will not be able to attend any Academy event or program, in person or virtually,” whether it involves the Oscars or not, and effective immediately, the Academy Board of Directors wrote in a statement. met on Friday morning.

The Academy accepted Will Smith’s resignation, which he submitted last week, but did not take away the Best Actor Oscar he received last month for “The Williams Method”. “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Will Smith responded in a brief written statement.

Actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable”

The Friday morning meeting of the Academy’s board of directors, attended by stars such as Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg, was part of the disciplinary file initiated against the actor after his slap in the middle of the Oscars gala.

A ceremony “overshadowed by Mr. Smith’s unacceptable and damaging behavior on stage. During our television broadcast, we did not react properly to the situation. We’re sorry about that,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said Friday. “We want to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rock for remaining calm under these extraordinary circumstances,” they added in their statement.

Will Smith, 53, shocked everyone and resigned on his own last week. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” the actor wrote, five days after taking the stage to slap comedian Chris Rock, who had just made a joke about his wife.

Will Smith, 53, shocked everyone and resigned on his own last week. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” the actor wrote, five days after taking the stage to slap comedian Chris Rock, who had just made a joke about his wife.

Jada Pinkett Smith said publicly a few years ago that she hadalopecia, a disease that causes severe hair loss. A few dozen minutes after the slap, Will Smith returned to the Oscars stage to receive the award for best actor for his role in “The Williams Way.”

He had made no act of contrition at the time, content to lambast “people who disrespect you” and say that “love makes you do crazy things.” It wasn’t until the next day, after the Academy announced an internal investigation into the incident, that the actor apologized to Chris Rock and the organizers. He later claimed to have reacted “emotionally” to “a joke about Jada’s health problem”.

Chris Rock does not press charges

Last Friday when finally announcing his resignation, Will Smith admitted to having “betrayed the trust of the Academy. He deprived other candidates and winners of the opportunity to celebrate his extraordinary work.” “I will accept all consequences that the board of directors deems appropriate,” he added in his text.

Voices had been raised demanding that Will Smith be stripped of his Oscar, but others pointed out that neither harvey weinsteinformer Hollywood mogul convicted of rape and sexual assault, nor the director Roman Polansky he had been forced to return his statuettes after being expelled from the Academy.

The day after the incident, actress Whoopi Goldberg herself had considered it unlikely that this eventuality would concern Will Smith. “There will be consequences, I’m sure, but I don’t think that’s what they’re going to do, especially since Chris” Rock has decided not to press charges, she had said on television.

For his part, the comedian has not spoken publicly about this incident. “I’m still digesting what happened. So at some point I’m going to talk about these things. And it will be serious and fun,” he said on March 30 at the start of a show.

See also in The HuffPost: At The Grammys, Will Smith’s Slap Was Also In Play

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