This is what happens when you decide you can tell the executives and producers of a hit show what they can and can’t do. It was already a given that Jussie Smollett would not be returning to ‘Empire’. Several stars of the Fox hit television series decided to write a letter to the executives and producers of the show demanding the return of Smollett. Instead, the show was just canceled.
“Just two weeks after the Charlie Collier-run Fox Entertainment renewed Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s hip hop drama for a sixth season and showed controversy ladened Jussie Smollett towards the exit door, it was announced today on Fox’s Upfront call that the self-described ‘groundbreaking cultural phenomenon’ of Empire will be canceled once Season 6 is done,” Deadline reports. No sympathy here at all.
According to Collier, the show plans to “go out guns a blazing.” When asked about the prospect of Smollett returning, the CEO said that while they have “an option” to reinstate him, they have “no plans” for that. “There’s an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that,” said Collier, Deadline notes. They’d be a fool to bring him back in the middle of this scandal or ever for that matter.
The ratings for the show have plummeted and the headlines around Smollett are still raw and ugly. The gay actor and singer was initially charged by Chicago prosecutors with multiple felony counts for allegedly faking a hate crime against himself that he blamed on Trump supporters before the Cook County State’s Attorney inexplicably dropped all charges, prompting more outrage from the public as well as key Chicago officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Eddie Johnson.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is now the center of an investigation herself and rightly so for dropping the charges. In response, Foxx wondered whether racism and sexism were behind criticism she has been receiving. Nope – it’s sheer corruption behind the charges which she is obviously guilty of.
From The Daily Wire:
“Though Chicago prosecutors have made clear that the evidence against Smollett is convincing and the City of Chicago is currently suing Smollett for the $130,000, Smollett’s fellow “Empire” cast members wrote a letter on April 24 to showrunners and studio execs declaring the actor “innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty” and demanding his reinstatement.
“Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire,” Smollett’s fellow “Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Taraji Henson, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, and Nicole Ari Parker wrote. “We understand the past months have been difficult to process—sometimes the headlines brought more confusion than clarity, yet we now have a conclusion to this ordeal. Throughout Empire’s five seasons working with Jussie and watching how he has conducted himself throughout this traumatic event, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also truly come to know Jussie’s personal character. He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped. We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed.”
“The letter was sent just days after the City of Chicago’s Law Department filed a civil lawsuit against Smollett for $130,106.15 for resources they say he wasted by filing his false “hate crime” report. “This follows his refusal to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019,” a spokesman told the press.
“The lawsuit stems from Smollett’s claim that on January 29, 2019, he was attacked by two white Trump supporters who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, assaulted him, threw an unknown substance on him, and tied a rope around his neck. But after police gathered overwhelming evidence indicating that Smollett had “orchestrated” the fake “hate crime” against himself with the help of his two personal trainers, a grand jury slapped the actor with 16 felony counts for filing the false report.
“Though the state’s attorney’s office says the evidence against Smollett was solid, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges in late March, accepting his $10,000 bond and past community service as part of a “modified plea bargain.” Smollett, who was not required to admit responsibility in the highly unusual deal, has since proclaimed the decision as evidence that he is innocent.
“But Chicago’s Law Department says otherwise in its complaint against the actor, whom officials say “knew his attackers and orchestrated the purported attack himself.”
“Later, when police confronted him with evidence about his attackers, he still refused to disclose his involvement in planning the attack,” reads the complaint filed in mid-April. “On the evening of January 28, 2019, Defendant’s flight into Chicago was delayed, and he called Abel (Osundairo) telling him he needed to delay the staged attack, and Abel agreed,” the city says, citing evidence gathered by investigators. The Osundairo brothers told investigators Smollett wanted to stage the attack because “he was unhappy with the way his employers handled the racist and homophobic letter he had allegedly received and as a result wanted to stage an attack,” the city says.”
In my opinion, Smollett sent the letter to himself and staged the attack as well. It was a plot to attack Trump and it backfired big-time. Smollett not only took down his own career with this hateful stunt… he took down a successful show and all the jobs associated with it. Talk about selfish. Hate brought all of them down in the end. No great loss and good riddance.