Jamal Lyon won't seem within the last two eps of the upcoming season.
After a tumultuous few weeks, the producers of Empire introduced on Friday (Feb. 22) that they've determined to jot down Jussie Smollett's character Jamal Lyon out of the ultimate two episodes of the upcoming season.
“The occasions of the previous few weeks have been extremely emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an essential member of our Empire household for the previous 5 years and we care about him deeply," learn an announcement from Empire govt producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer.
"While these allegations are very disturbing, we're inserting our belief within the authorized system as the method performs out. We are additionally conscious of the consequences of this course of on the forged and crew members who work on our present and to keep away from additional disruption on set, we've determined to take away the position of ‘Jamal’ from the ultimate two episodes of the season."
The dramatic gesture comes a day after Smollett was arrested and launched on $10,000 bond on suspicion of submitting a false report about an alleged Jan. 29 incident through which he claimed two males attacked him utilizing racial and homophobic slurs, threw bleach on him and put a noose-like string round his neck. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson mentioned throughout a press convention on Thursday that Smollett orchestrated the assault to be able to take "benefit of the ache and anger of racism to advertise his profession."
A spokesperson wouldn't touch upon whether or not already-shot scenes will likely be reduce, altered or decreased.
Smollett was again on the set of the present on Thursday, but it surely now seems that his position within the season finale of the upcoming fifth season will likely be reduce fully, leaving the destiny of his character in limbo. The present's producers have steadfastly stood behind Smollett because the story of the alleged crime has shifted from a reported assault on the actor by two males shouting racial and homophobic epithets and "that is MAGA nation!" -- in reference to Pres. Trump's "Make American Great Again" marketing campaign slogan -- to a extra sophisticated story of a rigorously deliberate stunt meant to realize consideration for the singer/actor, reportedly sad along with his wage on the present.
It was unclear at press time if every other scenes Smollett already shot for the upcoming season -- which debuts on March 13 -- will likely be altered. The weird timeline of the story has left many questioning whether or not Smollett can bounce again from what some have referred to as a possible "profession killer" transfer.