Ricky Gervais Responds To Will Smith’s 10-Year Oscars Ban With ‘Brutal’ Joke

Ricky Gervais Will Smith Oscars: The comedian has responded to the actor's 10-year Oscars ban with a 'brutal' joke.
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Ricky Gervais has responded to the Oscars serving Will Smith a 10-year ban for slapping Chris Rock by sharing a ‘brutal’ joke.

The comedian shared a tweet that included a statement from the Academy Award’s President and CEO, Dawn Hudson, in which she said the actor acted in ‘harmful’ way.

In the post, Gervais commented: “Hopefully, he’ll only do 6 years with good behaviour.”

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In the full statement announcing the ban against Smith, the Academy said: “The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year.

“However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage.”

The organisation then apologised for ‘not addressing it properly,’ adding: “During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room.

“For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short – unprepared for the unprecedented.”

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It continued: “Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation.

“The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.”

After the outburst at the Oscars, Smith took to Instagram to apologise for his behaviour, writing: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.”

He also released a statement to The Washington Post after the news of his ban was released, saying: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

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