Will Smith Responds To Academy's 10 Year Ban 


Will Smith has responded to the Academy's decision to ban him from events for a decade.

"I accept and respect the Academy's decision," he said in a brief statement to the media.

Will Smith's response came minutes after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced banning him.

From all of the organization's events for ten years for slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.

The Academy said Friday: "The Board of Governors has decided, for ten years, from April 8, 2022."

"That 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."

"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."

The actor, 53, will keep the Oscar he won this year for his role in "King Richard."

Last week, Smith announced he was resigning from the Academy, meaning he could not vote but was still able to be nominated and attend the awards show.

"My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable."

"The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home."

The "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" alum shocked the world when he slapped Rock, 57, across the face on March 27 after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head.

The "Girls Trip" actress, 50, struggles with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.

While Smith did not apologize to Rock while accepting his Oscar, he stated on Instagram nearly 24 hours after the ceremony, writing:

"Violence is poisonous and destructive in all of its forms. My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable."

"Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about my Jada's medical condition was too much to bear, and I reacted emotionally."

"I would like to apologize to you, Chris, publicly. I was out of line, and I was wrong. I am embarrassed, and my actions do not indicate the man I want to be."

"There is no place for Violence in a world of love and kindness."

Rock decided not to press charges and has yet to address the matter formally.

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