Will Smith will be banned from attending the Academy Awards for the next ten years after slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage during this year’s ceremony, according to a statement obtained by CNN from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
“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,” Academy President David Rubin said in a statement on Friday.
The decision was taken earlier in the day during a meeting of the Board of Governors in Los Angeles. The meeting, which was originally set for April 18, was moved forward due to Smith’s departure from the Academy last week.
Smith released a brief, succinct statement on his exclusion from the Oscars for the next decade.
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