On April 8, board members from the Academy introduced that the “King Richard” star will “not be permitted to attend any events or programs, in person or virtually,” together with future Academy Awards, as disciplinary motion for the altercation. Calling Smith’s conduct on the March 27 ceremony “unacceptable and harmful,” the group stated their newest ruling “is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy.”
In response to the ban, Smith shared in an announcement to E! News, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
News of the ban comes one week after the 53-year-old resigned from the Academy, thereby forfeiting his potential to vote in future Oscars.
During the Oscars final month, Smith confronted Rock, 57, onstage after the comic — who was presenting an award for Best Documentary Feature — made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith‘s shaved head, which is a results of her years-long struggles with alopecia. In an unscripted second, Smith slapped Rock throughout the face earlier than telling him: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—— mouth!”
When Smith received the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role lower than an hour later, he apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees for his earlier actions. “Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father,” he stated, referencing his function because the dad of Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard.” “Love will make you do crazy things.”
A day later, Smith issued a written assertion on social media that particularly apologized to Rock.
“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” he wrote. “Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
The actor added, “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
E! News has reached out to Rock’s rep for remark.