The Hollywood Film Academy said on Friday that its board of governors had banned Will Smith from any of its programs, including the Oscars, for 10 years, while the winner of Best Actor performed on stage at the Academy Awards. The performer slapped Chris Rock.
David Rubin, president of the Oscars Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Dan Hudson, chief executive, said in a statement: “The 94th Oscar was intended to celebrate many members of our community who have done incredible work this year.”
However, those moments were overshadowed by the unbelievable and damaging behavior we saw Mr. Smith performing on stage.
I wholeheartedly accept the academy’s decision and respect it wholeheartedly, Smith said. Requested statements were issued.
In a March 27 televised ceremony, comedian Rock, the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett, after making fun of Smith’s appearance, headed for the stage, then hit Rock in the face.
Less than an hour later, Smith delivered a tearful speech on stage as he accepted the Best Actor award for his role in “King Richard.”
After the ceremony, Smith was seen dancing at Vanity Fair’s annual Post Oscar party.
Rock jokes about Panket Smith in the 1997 film “GI Jane” in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head. It was not clear if Rock was aware that he had a condition that caused his hair to fall out.