Will Smith slap: Jada Pinkett Smith makes first public appearance since Oscars
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Jada Pinkett Smith is back on the red carpet.
The 50-year-old actress had her first public appearance on Saturday night since The Academy banned Will Smith from the Oscars for slapping Chris Rock.
Jada Pinkett Smith made her first public appearance since the 2022 Oscars on Saturday night.
Pinkett Smith was all smiles on the red carpet and was seen a strapless, gold dress, with matching earrings and heels.
” I accept and respect the academy’s decision,” Smith stated in a Fox News Digital statement.
On Friday, the academy announced that Smith was banned from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years following his slap of presenter Chris Rock at this year’s ceremony. After a meeting of the academy’s board of governors, Smith’s actions were discussed.
Will Smith was expelled from the Oscars on Friday.
“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests and restoring trust in the academy. We hope that this will be a time for healing and restoration for all those impacted. “
Academy President David Rubin called for Friday’s board meeting just days ago. The meeting was originally scheduled for April 18 but was moved up due to Smith’s resignation April 1.
“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 behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” the board of governors said in a letter. We did not address the situation in the room during our telecast. We are sorry for this. We were given the opportunity to set an example for viewers, guests, and our academy family around world. Unfortunately, we failed to do so.
Chris Rock was on stage with Will Smith, while Smith presented the Oscars award for best documentary film.
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
“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. We want to express our deep appreciation to Mr. Rock for his ability to maintain his composure in the face of extraordinary circumstances. We want to thank our hosts, presenters, and winners for their grace and poise during the telecast. “
“This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests and restoring trust in the academy. We hope that this will lead to healing and restoration for all those impacted. “
Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the 2022 Oscars after he made a joke at his wife’s expense.
“Jada, ‘GI Jane 2,’ I can’t wait to see it,” Rock, 57, said while onstage at the Oscars with the actress in attendance.
PinkettSmith has not yet publicly addressed the incident.
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.
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