Professional Victim Jussie Smollett won’t return to the hit hip-hop TV series “Empire,” which just got renewed for a sixth season.
While Smollett was not outright fired, this is definitely a huge career and financial blow for the 36-year-old actor.
Smollett’s contract was extended (which means he gets paid), but his character will not appear in the upcoming season.
“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire,’” Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television said in a statement.
Jussie Smollett’s Hoax Cost Him $2.5 Annual Million Paycheck
Smollett was earning a whopping $125,000 an episode. Since “Empire” launched in 2015, Jussie appeared in 82 episodes. That’s a lot of money he was pocketing.
Well, that gravy train has now left the station, thanks to Smollett’s shameless stunt, which backfired spectacularly.
Under his vague contract extension, Jussie will get paid, but it’s unclear whether it’s the full amount he would’ve been paid had his contract been renewed outright.
Smollett’s camp did some PR spinning, suggesting that it’s still possible for him to return to “Empire.” But it’s unlikely that his ongoing scandal will blow over anytime soon.
A Smollett rep said in a statement, “We’ve been told that Jussie will not be on ‘Empire’ in the beginning of the season, but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal’s future open.”
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Jussie Smollett Tried to Ignite a Race War
As HVY reported, Smollett filed a bogus police report in January 2019, claiming he was attacked in Chicago by two white Trump supporters wearing MAGA hats.
Smollett hates President Donald Trump, and has made no secret of his animus toward him.
Smollett — who’s openly gay — claimed his white attackers called him racist, homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and tied a rope around his neck while screaming, “This is MAGA country!”
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Prosecutor Who Dropped Charges Is Under Investigation
In reality, a police investigation concluded that Jussie had hired two Nigerian brothers to stage the fake crime. In February, the brothers confessed their conspiracy plot to authorities.
A few weeks later, Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx dropped the charges against Smollett under suspicious circimstances — against the wishes of the Chicago Police.
This was allegedly done because of Foxx’s and Jussie’s ties to influential black politicians, including former first lady Michelle Obama and US Senator Kamala Harris.
Kim Foxx is now under investigation.
City of Chicago Sued Smollett for Back Pay Over Sham Crime
Smollett has repeatedly denied that he staged the hate crime, even though the two Nigerian brothers confessed that Smollett had paid them $3,500 to carry out the fake attack.
In April, the City of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Smollett to recover the $130,106 in police overtime costs for the investigative work they did when Jussie filed his sham police report.
That lawsuit is still pending, and was probably a major impetus for why Smollett was not asked to return for season 6 of “Empire.” And he probably never will be.
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