Chris Rock slap: Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years

Will Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars for the next ten years.

The announcement was made on Friday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

He was banned for hitting Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in March when the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada.

The actor had expressed regret for his acts, saying that they were “inappropriate, reprehensible,” and that they had embarrassed him.

According to the Academy’s statement, the actor would be barred from attending any other events hosted by Hollywood’s premier film organization for the next decade.

However, the board decided not to rescind his best actor Oscar, which he received last month for “King Richard.”

“The Board has resolved, for a period of ten years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or digitally, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” said Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson in a statement.

The restriction, according to Rubin, is a step toward a greater goal of preserving the safety of the Academy’s artists and guests while also restoring faith in the organization.

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