When he resigned from the Academy last week, the actor said he would “accept any further consequences” coming his way.
Will Smith has officially gotten the boot. While he was allowed a moment of recognition – and even given a standing ovation – during the 94th Academy Awards last month, the father of three has been banned from attending the prestigious ceremony for the next decade following an altercation between him and Chris Rock.
The 57-year-old comedian was slapped across the face by his colleague on that fateful night, and in the weeks since, we’ve heard the world give their opinions on the matter while eagerly waiting to see what the aftermath would be like for both Smith and Rock.
On Friday, April 8th, it was officially announced, as per PEOPLE, that the Academy’s Board of Governors met virtually to discuss the situation. Their ultimate decision was 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.”
“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,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson wrote in a letter.