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.
Media reports anout the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives. Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate. pic.twitter.com/iSO5YFv452
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 15, 2019