Jussie Smollett will not appear in the final two episodes of ‘Empire.’ The actor, who plays Jamal Lyon on the musical drama, has been suspended from the series show producers announced Friday.
“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. 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.” -Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer, executive producers of EMPIRE.
According to TMZ, Smollett went straight to the ‘Empire’ set after his bail hearing in a Chicago courtroom. He tearfully addressed the cast and crew, saying, “”I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls. I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this.”
Smollett said he was attacked back on January 29th by two MAGA supporters who threw a chemical on him, called him anti-gay and racist slurs, and put a rope around his neck. His legal team issued a statement Thursday night calling him “a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence.”
The Internet Reacts To Jussie Smollett’s Arrest
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Jussie in jail right now like pic.twitter.com/XjTHsT3BeG— lord sad and lonely 🦑 (@squidneyevans) February 21, 2019
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Jussie Smollett can finally breathe a sigh of relief - his attacker has been arrested! 😄— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 21, 2019
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I need a “Jussie shit” support group bro I cannot cope— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) February 21, 2019
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This Jussie Smollet shit is crazy and the wildest part of it all might be that there's actually someone under the age of 63 who is out here writing checks in the year of our Lord 2019. This nigga is straight out of a comic book— 🎃America Is Musty🎃 (@DragonflyJonez) February 21, 2019
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if jussie "lied" than he only did it to get out of the cult that is fox's contract so he can own his music rights and stop wasting his talent on love & hip hop the musical. pic.twitter.com/TJfzeNfnQE— can't hear u (@ana1star_) February 21, 2019
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Jussie Smollett: “Who says, fa**ot, Empire n***er, this MAGA country, n***er, ties a noose around your neck and pours bleach on you?”— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) February 21, 2019
Turns out nobody does.
Absolutely nobody. pic.twitter.com/jf15WhBEg2
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Tristan Thompson and Jussie Smollett just ruining black history month🤦🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/0vLjhWjjsc— 𝘕𝘪𝘷 ☆ (@niveaversace) February 21, 2019
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Liam Neeson: "Where was Jussie Smollett when I needed him?— Peter Egan (@PeterEg86704837) February 21, 2019
Jussie Smollett: " Where was Liam Neeson when I needed him?"