Jussie Smollett’s last episode of “Empire” could have been aired last night. A few hours before it aired, he was spotted at Lafayette restaurant in New York.
It is certain that there are 2 more to go, but it is already known Jussie won’t be in them. He was written off the final 2 episodes on the heels of his arrest and felony charges of disorderly conduct for lying to cops.
Jussie’s future with the show is completely up in the air. On Tuesday, creator and executive producer Lee Daniels made it clear they’re still debating whether to bring him back next season..
As it stands now, “Empire” hasn’t officially been signed for a sixth season. Assuming it will be, there’s no guarantee he’ll be part of it.
Jussie’s co-stars, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, came out fighting for him. They posted a letter demanding he remain on the show. The letter, posted by Deadline, read:
“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. 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 and he is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. Jussie 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 signed by Taraji P Henson, Terrence Howard, Bryshere Y Grey, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe and Nicole Ari Parker. It was sent to Director, Lee Daniels, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, ABC Entertainment chair Dana Walden, Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn, and show producers Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer.
These comments came just a few hours after Lee Daniels appeared on the Fox morning show Good Day New York and said that Smollett faced an uncertain future on the show due to his lawsuit with the city of Chicago.