Jussie Smollet cut from remaining 2 Empire episodes + black celebrities talk about the situation




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.
















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