Friday, May 24, 2024

“Empire” Creator Danny Strong Says “Zero Percent Truth” Jussie Smollett Being Written Off Show, Fox Also Denies


It’s been a crazy night for Jussie Smollett, star of “Empire.” A report went out this evening that claimed Chicago Police thought he’d staged his noose attack last month. The report, obviously fabricated, claimed Smollet was upset he was being written out of “Empire.” It didn’t make any sense. But the web picked it up and ran with it.

Now Danny Strong, creator of “Empire,” has weighed in on Twitter. He writes: “There is 0% truth that @JussieSmollett was going to be written off of Empire. This rumor is totally false. He is the third lead and one of the most beloved characters on the show. Writing him off the show has NEVER even been discussed.”

Fox TV also chimed in, reminding readers Smollett is a “core” character. “The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of Empire is patently ridiculous,” said 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment today. “He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him.”

It’s funny that no one wants to believe Smollett. Something DID happen to him, obviously. Time and patience will bear that out.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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