Jussie Smollett’s character has been axed from the ultimate episodes of the present season of “Empire.”
The Fox sequence, which is in its fifth season, is at the moment filming scenes for its March 13 return. In the wake of the alleged hoax assault, government producers for the present have determined to take away Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon “to keep away from additional disruption on set.”
Executive producers, together with Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo, and Dennis Hammer, made the announcement on Friday. “The occasions of the previous few weeks have been extremely emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an necessary member of our Empire household for the previous 5 years and we care about him deeply,” reads the assertion. “While these allegations are very disturbing, we're putting 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 now have determined to take away the position of Jamal from the ultimate two episodes of the season.”
The determination comes a day after Smollett was arrested in Chicago and charged with allegedly submitting a false police report. He posted $100,000 bail and returned to the “Empire” set following his courtroom look the place he reportedly apologized to his castmates and denied any wrongdoing.
Chicago police say Smollett orchestrated a “publicity stunt” by hiring two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, to stage the Jan. 29 assault as a result of he was “dissatisfied together with his wage” on “Empire.” “Jussie Smollett took benefit of the ache and anger of racism to advertise his profession,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson mentioned throughout a information convention Thursday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smollett makes over $125,000 per episode and had not beforehand expressed any dissatisfaction together with his wage.
TMZ claims that a few of the “Empire” actors are “f**king livid” and really feel that Fox ought to fireplace Smollett or he ought to give up on his personal. In gentle of the brand new proof, a number of forged members need him written off the present, however there are some within the forged and crew who consider Jussie is telling the reality as a result of they'll’t consider he would do that.
Smollett was launched from jail on Thursday after posting $10,000 of his $100,000 bond. He maintains his innocence. “Mr. Smollett is a younger man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently desires to skip due course of and proceed on to sentencing,” his attorneys mentioned in a press release.