Will Smith will serve a 10-year ban from the Oscars for his on-stage slap of comedian Chris Rock at the 94th Oscars.
The Academy’s Board of Governors voted on the matter on Friday, saying it is a step “toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests.”
“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,” the Academy wrote in an open letter. “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.”
On April 1, Smith resigned from the Academy, which opened the door for the board to vote on his future before the previously reported April 18 date.
The incident happened as Rock was presenting the 2022 Oscar nominees for best documentary feature and did a round of jokes aimed at members in the crowd. Rock then aimed a joke at Jada Pinkett Smith, likening her shaved head to the 1997 movie G.I. Jane, which featured actress Demi Moore in a shaved head.
In what originally looked like part of the show to many, Smith walked up on stage toward Rock, slapped him in the face and returned to his seat. The audio cut off in the U.S., but shared clips from the unedited Japanese telecast showed Smith repeatedly yelling, “Keep my wife’s name out your fucking mouth.”
“We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances,” the Academy said in the letter. “We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.”
The letter expressed an apology for “not adequately” handling the incident.
“During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry,” the letter said. “This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.”