Ricky Gervais makes fun of Will Smith’s Oscars ban


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Ricky Gervais has mocked the Academy’s decision to ban Will Smith from future Oscar ceremonies for the next 10 years.

The comedian, 60, took to Twitter on Friday and shared the news of Will’s, 53, punishment again, noting that he will likely “take six years with good behavior.”

Will, who didn’t have to return his Academy Award for Best Actor, was banned after punching Chris Rock onstage at the ceremony last month after he joked about his wife, Jade Pinkett Smith.

Opinions: Ricky Gervais reacted Friday to the Academy’s decision to ban Will Smith from future Oscar ceremonies for the next 10 years

Ricky shared an article announcing Will’s ban, writing: ‘Hopefully he only lasts 6 years of good behavior’

The actor was a prominent voice among celebrities in the wake of the Smith-Rock incident.

He has also lashed out at people who have called Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia a “disability” while contributing to Will Smith’s division at the Oscars.

The comedian shared the news on Twitter again, writing: 'Hopefully he only lasts 6 years of good behavior'

The comedian shared the news on Twitter again, writing: ‘Hopefully he only lasts 6 years of good behavior’

Ricky said Chris Rock’s joke about Jada’s alopecia was “not bad” and described it as the “tamest joke” he’s allegedly told during a live question-and-answer session on Twitter.

He has criticized 53-year-old Will for storming onstage at the 94th Academy Awards and hitting Chris after the stand-up comedian joked about his wife’s shaved head, comparing her to “GI Jane.”

Ricky responded to people taking Chris out for making the joke and scoffing at social media users calling alopecia, a condition of hair loss, a “disability.”

Opinions: Ricky has lashed out at people who have called Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia a 'disability' as he weighed in on Will Smith's divisive Oscars blow

Opinions: Ricky has lashed out at people who have called Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia a ‘disability’ as he weighed in on Will Smith’s divisive Oscars blow

‘Someone said it was a joke about her’ [Jada’s] incompetence. Well, I’m getting a little skinny, so I’m handicapped. That means I can park right next to Tescos now,” he joked.

Laughing, he added: ‘And I’m fat, that’s a disease. I’m fat and bald, I should be getting damn benefits.’

The Office star continued to insist Chris’ comment was “not bad,” while condemning Will for hitting the Oscars host for making a joke.

He said, ‘You don’t hit people for a joke, no matter how bad it is. And it wasn’t bad!

“That was the tamest joke I could have ever told.”

Will has been banned from the Oscars for 10 years for punching Chris, but will keep his Best Actor award.

FULL STATEMENT BY THE ACADEMY

The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who have done an incredible job over the past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith display on stage.

During our broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. We’re sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we came up short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

Today, the Board of Directors called 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 resolved that for a period of 10 years beginning April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith will not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.

We would like to thank Mr Rock very much for keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We would also like to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our broadcast.

This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a greater goal: to protect the safety of our artists and guests and restore trust in the Academy. We also hope that this can be the beginning of a time of healing and recovery for all involved and involved.

In a statement, the Academy labeled Smiths “unacceptable” and “harmful” behavior that “overshadowed” the entire evening.

‘During our broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. We’re sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we came up short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

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

“We would like to say a big thank you to Mr. Rock for keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We would also like to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our broadcast.”

In a statement Friday afternoon after the decision was made, Smith told Deadline, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

He had already resigned from the Academy last Friday and took the decision to cancel his membership out of his hands, as did Harvey Weinstein. Smith’s wife Jada is still allowed to attend personal events.

The 54-member Board of Directors met Friday morning after a furious debate among its 9,000 members in hundreds of WhatsApp groups over the past 12 days.

The blow divided Hollywood and the public, with some insisting he should be stripped of his Oscar and not be rewarded for violence, while others said it was rejected and mocked on social media.

Will punched Chris onstage after the comedian joked about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett-Smith has been open about her struggles with alopecia in the past.

After the blow, Smith returned to his seat and yelled ‘keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth’.

He then won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Richard Williams in the film King Richard. He used his speech to apologize to the Academy and Rock, and he later posted an apology on Instagram.

Chris has kept quiet about the matter, speaking out only to say he was “processing” what had happened.

Angry: Will tearfully apologized on receiving his Best Actor Oscar after the March 27 blow

Angry: Will tearfully apologized on receiving his Best Actor Oscar after the March 27 blow

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