Will Smith takes his licks.
On Friday, the academy eventually raised Disciplinary action against the 53-year-old actor, who interrupted the Oscars last month to slap presenter Chris Rock in the face during their live broadcast over a joke the comedian made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
The “King Richard” actor, who later that night took home the best actor award for his role in the film, is now banned from all academy events for a period of 10 years, the organization said in a statement .
Smith has now responded to their decision: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” he said, according to CNN journalist Brian Stelter, who shared the comment on twitter.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “has determined that for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not participate, in person or virtually, in any Academy event or program, including but not limited to the Academy Awards limited,” they said in a press release signed by President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson Friday afternoon.
“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 artists and guests and restore trust in the Academy,” they concluded. “We also hope this can begin a time of healing and recovery for all involved and affected.”
They also noted “Mr Rock’s deep gratitude for maintaining his composure in exceptional circumstances”.
Neither Smith nor his famous family had more to say after the academy’s call and its inevitable approval, which he might have expected given his provisional termination from the awards organization earlier this month – who came along another public apology.
“I betrayed the academy’s trust. I deprived other nominees and winners of the opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I’m heartbroken,” he said.
“Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure I never again allow violence to overtake reason,” concluded Smith.
Previously, Smith had openly apologized to Rock, 57, on Monday after the show, who called his behavior “unacceptable and inexcusable.”
It was Smith’s “revolutionary” son Jadenwho appeared to be the first to react to his father’s shocking reaction, made in defense of Pinkett Smith, 50, who was visibly annoyed by a “GI Jane” joke Rock made about her during the Oscars.
“And that’s how we do it” the 23-year-old rapper tweeted Just a few hours after the incident.
The silence from the three people directly involved was deafening until Pinkett Smith finally spoke up. “This is a time of healing and that’s what I’m here for,” she wrote in a caption on Instagramjust two days after the “slap in the face heard around the world”.
Other prominent members of her blended family have remained silent, including daughter and musician Willow, 21, and Smith’s eldest son Trey, 29, who he shares with ex-wife Sheree Zampino.
For his part, Zampino openly congratulated him.
“Epic night! Congratulations again – if 1 wins, we all win! #family1st,” the 54-year-old said soon-to-be reality TV star captioned a photo that night on Instagram, who showed her clutching the best actor statuette alongside her smiling ex. The couple were married from 1992 to 1995 and reportedly continued to get along well.
Meanwhile, at least one in Rock’s family had a lot to say for the victim — namely younger brother and fellow stand-up guy Tony Rock, 47. In a leaked comic part aimed at Smith, Tony apparently Smith suggested that shouldn’t try that at any of his shows.
“If you think you’re going to get on that stage, that ain’t the Motherf King Oscars!” he proclaimed.
“That’s not how I wanted to start the show!” he continued. “You’re gonna hit my motherf king brother because your bitch gave you a side look?”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/will-smiths-family-unusually-silent-after-10-year-oscars-ban/ Will Smith’s family is unusually quiet after 10-year Oscar ban