The Price Of The Slap: Will Smith Banned From Oscars For 10 Years

Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars for 10 years because he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscar Gala for joking about his wife's shaved head.

The Academy said, in an official statement, that the 94th Oscars had been "overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage", according to BBC.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is hosting the awards ceremony, met virtually on Friday to discuss disciplinary action against Will Smith. The meeting was attended by stars such as Steven Spielberg and Whoopi Goldberg.

"Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy event or program, either in person or virtually" whether or not it is the Oscars, and with immediate effect, say the leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a press release.

The actor hit Chris Rock because he joked about his wife's shaved head, the result of alopecia, a condition that leads to hair loss. Smith apologized for his actions and resigned from the Academy.

Less than an hour later, he received the Best Actor Award for his role in "King Richard," in which he played the father of women's tennis legends, Venus and Serena Williams.

In his resignation statement, Will Smith said he had "betrayed the trust of the Academy" and was "heartbroken" over his actions.
The Price Of The Slap: Will Smith Banned From Oscars For 10 Years
He added that he would "fully accept any and all consequences for my behavior."

His resignation means he will no longer be able to vote for future Oscar nominees.

Will Smith's Reaction After He Was Banned From Oscars

Will Smith has assured that he accepts and respects the decision of the Hollywood Academy on Friday, which forbids him to participate in all the events he will organize, including the awarding of Oscars, in the next ten years.

"I accept and respect the decision of the Academy," reacted Will Smith in a brief written statement.

The film academy accepted the resignation from the Academy that Smith submitted last week but did not withdraw his Oscar for Best Actor, which he received last month for his role in "The Williams Method."

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