Will Smith Weighs In on Academy’s Decision to Ban Him for 10 Years

by Samantha Whidden

Following the news that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is banning Will Smith from attending the Oscars and other Academy events for the next 10 years for slapping Chris Rock on the stage of the 2022 Oscars, the actor is speaking out about the organization’s decision. 

In a brief statement to Page Six on Friday (April 8th), Will Smith weighed in on his Oscar ban. “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

Will Smith’s statement came just minutes after the Academy announced its decision to ban him from the Oscars for the next decade. “The Board of Governors 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.”

Although he does have an Oscar ban for 10 years, Will Smith is still eligible to receive a nomination or even receive an Oscar in that timeframe. The Academy organizers were met with criticism due to being unable to remove Will Smith from the 2022 Oscars after the slap. He received an Oscar for his role in “King Richard.”

Will Smith Previously Resigned From the Academy Following the Chris Rock Slap 

Nearly a week after slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, Will Smith announced that he was resigning from the Academy. 

In a statement, Will Smith shared, “I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice. And I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. 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.”

Meanwhile, Will Smith went on to say that he betrayed the trust of the Academy. He also deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their work. “I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements. And allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does. To support creativity and artistry in film.”

Academy President, David Rubin, also said that the organization has received and accepted Will Smith’s resignation. “We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standard of Conduct.”

Will Smith also apologized to Chris Rock one day after the event. “I was out of line and I was wrong,” he wrote. The actor then said that he reacted emotionally because it was a joke about his wife’s medical condition.