The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced Friday that Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars, and any other Academy events, for 10 years.
"Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation," a letter to Academy members from President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson reads. "The Board has decided, 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."
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.Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science President David Rubin, CEO Dawn Hudson
A statement from Smith in response to the Academy's decision reads: "I accept and respect the Academy's decision."
The decision did not state that Smith would have his Oscar for Best Actor, for his role in King Richard, taken away from him. This came after weeks of extensive debate about Smith's actions and what the appropriate consequences should be, under the particular circumstances of the award show.
People took to social media to respond to consequences the actor is facing for slapping Rock at the Oscars, with many highlighting other celebrities, like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and Mel Gibson, who they think should be banned from Academy events as well.
Will Smith: “We got banned from the Oscars for 10 years!”
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) April 8, 2022
Hopefully, he'll only do 6 years with good behaviour. https://t.co/26Et5zsLWA
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 8, 2022
Will Smith was kicked out and now is doing a 10 year bid????
Have you seen some of the people the academy let’s thru the doors???? Time to do a video bout this.
— Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) April 8, 2022
Academy banned Will Smith for 10 years, but not:
And there are allegations against Jeffrey Tambor, Richard Dreyfuss, James Woods, and Ansel Elgort. #Oscars https://t.co/iu6SXSnOoT
— Paul Dawkins (@Paul__Dawkins) April 8, 2022
They banned Will Smith for 10 years?! How long are Harvey Weinstein and Mel Gibson banned for? https://t.co/wVOlabctKy
— Frederick "Pre-order Patriarchy Blues" Joseph (@FredTJoseph) April 8, 2022
Breaking: Will Smith will be banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years because of the “harmful behavior” he displayed when he slapped the comedian Chris Rock.
Wow. Will Smith has faced more consequences for his actions than Kyle Rittenhouse did.
— Miss Leah 💙 🌊 ☃️ (@LeahsLounge) April 8, 2022