Will Smith was disqualified from the Oscars for 10 years after that clapping Chris Rock during last month’s awards ceremony. This was announced by the Academy on Friday in a letter sent by President David Rubin and CEO Don Hudson and received by CBS News.
The 94th Academy Awards were to be a celebration of many people in our community who did an incredible job last year; however, these moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw as Mr. Smith demonstrated on stage, ”the letter said. .
“Today’s Board of Directors convened to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation,” the letter said. “The Board has decided that for 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith will not be allowed to attend any events or programs of the Academy in person or virtually, including but not limited to Academy Awards.”
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