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Say goodbye to Hollywood, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski.

The Academy announced Thursday that both the disgraced comedian and the scandal-plagued director have been expelled from the prestigious organization.

“The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met on Tuesday night and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct,” the organization said in a statement.

“The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

The decision comes one week after Cosby, 80, was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand.

Constand was one of more than 50 women to accuse the man formerly known as “America’s Dad” of sexual assault.

Still, Cosby mostly made his name on the stand-up circuit and on television. His film projects, including the 1990 film “Ghost Dad,” were few and far between — unlike accused child rapist Polanski.

Polanski, a five-time Oscar nominee, was arrested in Switzerland in 2009 on a three-decade-old warrant stemming from the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl.

The 84-year-old had been living as a fugitive before his arrest, as he fled the United States in 1978 while awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to the rape as part of a plea bargain.

Polanski was released a year later after Switzerland rejected the United States’ request to have him extradited.

Still, Hollywood hadn’t turned its back on Polanski entirely. Despite the director’s checkered past, he was awarded with a Best Director Oscar in 2003 for “The Pianist,” and in 1981 was nominated for the same award for “Tess.”

Presenter Harrison Ford accepted Polanski’s trophy on his behalf at the Oscars ceremony, as the “Rosemary’s Baby” director was still a fugitive.

“The Academy congratulates Roman Polanski and accepts this award on his behalf,” Ford said.

The win was met with a rousing round of applause and an extended standing ovation from the crowd at the 75th annual ceremony, which included stars like Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein himself became just the second member to be expelled from the Academy in October.

The movie mogul got the boot shortly after accusations ranging from sexual harassment to rape poured in against the exec in the wake of several exposes unveiling his alleged predatory behavior.

Since Weinstein’s expulsion, he’s faced similar accusations from more than 100 women, including Salma Hayek and Cate Blanchett.

Prior to Weinstein, the only other person to ever be expelled from the Academy in its 91-year history was Carmine Caridi, an actor best known for bit parts in the “Godfather” trilogy.

The 84-year-old actor was kicked out in 2004 after letting the man who fixed his broken VCR borrow movie screeners that had been doled out for Oscar consideration by the Academy.

When Weinstein was expelled, Caridi, who never faced any criminal charges, expressed frustration that he’d forever be linked to the alleged predator’s indiscretions.

“The FBI said they knew I wasn’t part of the con, but the Academy had to make an example of me. It hurt. Even if they invited me back now, I don’t think I’d go,” he told the Daily News in March. “That Weinstein? He’s a pervert. He’s finished.”

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