Will Smith, the Hollywood actor, has finally spoken out about his 10-year ban from the Academy Awards, and he says he respects the Academy’s decision. Smith was previously silent about the ban. Earlier in the day, the Academy issued an official press statement, which included the following passage: “
Our response to Will Smith’s behavior tonight is a step toward a greater goal of ensuring the safety of our performers and guests, as well as rebuilding trust in the Academy,” said the statement.
In addition to receiving Will Smith’s resignation, the Board of Governors held a meeting today to decide the best way to respond to his behavior at the Academy Awards. Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, whether in person or online, for a period of ten years beginning on April 8, 2022, including but not limited to the Academy Awards, as a result of the decision of the Board.
We would like to convey our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Rock for retaining his cool in the face of such a difficult situation. We would also want to express our gratitude to our hosts, nominees, presenters, and winners for their poise and grace throughout our show on ABC.
The action we are taking today in reaction to Will Smith’s actions is a step toward a greater aim of preserving the safety of our artists and guests, as well as restoring public confidence in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We also hope that today will mark the beginning of a period of healing and repair for everyone who has been affected.
When asked about the prohibition, Will Smith is alleged to have said the following in an interview with ENews:
“I betrayed the Academy’s confidence in me.” In doing so, I denied other nominees and award recipients the opportunity to recognize and be recognized for their exceptional achievements. I’m in a state of shock. I want to refocus attention on those who have earned it through their accomplishments, and I want the Academy to get back to the tremendous work it does to foster creativity and artistry in film.”