Jussie Smollett Removed From Final ‘Empire’ Season 5 Episodes Following Arrest https://t.co/BxJu7b9CU6— Variety (@Variety) February 22, 2019
FOX has cut Jussie Smollett from the final 2 episodes of Empire's fifth season.
The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us” said series executives Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer in a statement released Friday. “Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.
Variety caught up with several celebrities at the red carpet of 12th Annual Essence Black Women Hollywood Awards yesterday to talk about Jussie Smollett.
Billy Porter on Jussie Smollett: "We don't make sense of it, we wait. We wait until all the facts are out. We wait until we hear all of the stories and all of the sides" #BlackWomenInHollywood pic.twitter.com/3PNLF9OYF3— Variety (@Variety) February 21, 2019
Iyanla Vanzant on Jussie Smollett: "He told a lie. That's what he did. Now we can make up whatever we want to make up about it, but he told a lie the same way the leader of this country does every day" #BlackWomenInHollywood pic.twitter.com/yVpiivLnG6— Variety (@Variety) February 21, 2019
Sheryl Lee Ralph on Jussie Smollett: "Is it a big, bad mistake? Absolutely. But a lot of people have made some awful, awful, big, bad mistakes. Some people have even killed people, they're walking around free" #BlackWomenInHollywood pic.twitter.com/xl5lPqsZgx— Variety (@Variety) February 21, 2019
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