Oscars: Will Smith gets 10 years ban for slapping Chris Rock

"We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances."
Oscars: Will Smith gets 10 years ban for slapping Chris Rock

Actor, Will Smith, has been banned from attending all Academy events, including the Oscars, for the next 10 years for slapping comedian, Chris Rock.

WuzupNigeria reported that Smith slapped Rock at the 2022 Oscars ceremony for making a bald joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The Academy's statement was contained in a letter sent by Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson, according to PEOPLE.

The letter stated that "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 behaviour 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," they added.

Rubin and Hudson went on to address Rock, 57, and Oscars hosts Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall.

"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," they said.

"This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith's behaviour is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy," they added.

"We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted."

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