Later saturday night live With several parts of the episode airing on April 2 jokingly about Will Smith’s infamous Oscars moment, it looked like the NBC series would take a moment this week to address the latest development.
During Saturday’s installment of “Weekend Update,” co-host Colin Jost announced Friday to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that King Richard The star was banned from all of the organization’s events, including Academy Awards ceremonies, for the next 10 years after slapping presenter Chris Rock during last month’s Oscars.
“As a punishment for slapping Chris Rock, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years,” Jost said. “But is it punishment? He can still be nominated. He can win an award. He can even go to the after-party.”
Jost continued, “He just doesn’t have to attend a four-hour ceremony where someone will definitely make fun of his wife again.”
SNL The star appeared to be uncomfortable showing a photo of herself and fellow “Weekend Update” anchor Michael Che while co-hosting the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018.
“Honestly, I think that would be a real punishment for Will Smith hosting next year’s Oscars,” Jost quipped. “Because, trust me, nothing will make you question your choices in life more than hosting an awards show.”
The Academy’s board of governors held a special meeting Friday to discuss action against Smith, who apologized to the Academy after being slapped while accepting his Best Actor Oscar. On 1 April Smith announced that he was resigning as a member of the group.
Since Friday’s decision, dozens of Academy members have shared their reactions. Hollywood ReporterIn which one member considers the punishment “too high” and the other evaluates it as “too little and too late.”
Smith issued a brief statement Friday saying he would “accept and respect” the decision. Meanwhile, The Rock has mostly remained silent about the controversy that erupted after the comedian’s Oscar joke about the shaved head of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. (The actress has alopecia.)