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‘King’ Richard Williams thinks Will Smith’s Oscars ban was too harsh

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Richard Williams thinks Will Smith’s Oscars ban was too harsh.

Will Smith was banned by the Academy after slapping Chris Rock

The 54-year-old actor gained the Greatest Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of the tennis coach – who’s the daddy of Serena and Venus Williams – in ‘King Richard’ however the night was overshadowed after he slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about his spouse Jada Pinkett Smith.

Richard has now spoken out concerning the scandal for the primary time, insisting the Academy’s subsequent determination to ban the 57-year-old actor – who resigned as a member of the organisation – from the Oscars and different gala occasions for 10 years was too lengthy.

Richard – who has some communication issues after struggling a number of strokes – mentioned: “I feel that no matter he [Will] needs to do, that is what he ought to do. Individuals are going to suppose what they wish to suppose.

“If he apologised [that’s good], nevertheless he needs to take care of the state of affairs. I would not choose anybody.

“They need to let him hold his Oscar, too. When an individual [has] labored for [it] a lot, then depart it alone.

“I actually respect him doing so very a lot so I may by no means criticise him.”

Saying the ban was too harsh, he added: “Simply two days, that is sufficient, that is very a lot.”

And Richard, who solely noticed the clip the subsequent day after being proven it on YouTube by his son Chavoita LeSane, does not suppose the controversy has overshadowed the success of the film or his household’s story.

He mentioned: “He is finished an awesome deal for myself and my household. I feel he did extraordinarily effectively, it was very great.”

Richard hopes to satisfy Will someday and joked he’d ask the ‘Males in Black’ star to “slap [his] face”.

Requested if he needs to satisfy him someday, he replied: “I undoubtedly hope so, sure.

“I might say simply, whats up. And possibly, what I ought to do … simply slap my face.

“He is busy and I suppose I am busy additionally, completely different places, so I hope we will meet sooner or later.”


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