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Ricky Gervais on Will Smith’s 10-year Oscar ban: ‘Hopefully he only gets six years of good behavior’

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Ricky Gervais has reacted to the Academy’s 10-year ban on visiting Will Smith at future Academy Awards.

The academy met today (April 8) to decide the consequences Smith would face if he slapped Rock onstage at last month’s ceremony after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith had.

Shortly after the decision was made public, Gervais tweeted the news of Smith’s punishment with the caption, “Hopefully he will only serve 6 years of good behavior.”

Gervais was quite a prominent voice among celebrities after the Smith Rock incident.

He previously commented on the events in defense of Chris Rock, calling his joke “tame.”

“You don’t hit someone for a joke, no matter how bad it is – and it wasn’t bad!” he wrote on Twitter. “That was like the tamest joke I would have ever told.”

In an open letter released after the meeting, Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson wrote that this year’s Academy Awards “were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.”

It continued, “This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal, which is to protect the safety of our performers and guests, and restore trust in the Academy. We also hope that this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected.”

Read Smith’s full response to the ban here. Follow here for live updates.

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