On Wednesday night’s Empire, Jussie Smollett continued his role as Jamal Lyon after prosecutors dropped all charges against the actor for allegedly hiring two brothers to stage a hate crime against him. After the charges were dropped, Smollett stated, “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly, one of the worst of my entire life.”
The dismissal of charges against Smollett angered the Chicago Police Department and local officials, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel calling it a “whitewash of justice.” Many Empire fans, meanwhile, believe that the actor should not be allowed to reprise his role on the show and took to Twitter to express their opinions.
Wow, you guys are trying WAY TOO HARD to push the @JussieSmollett innocence! Anyone who watches this show after all that happened is pushing the narrative that it is okay to fake a hate crime. Disgusting! #BoycottEmpire
— Lori (@Lori47213488) March 27, 2019
Can’t believe you still employ mr Smollett! Really goes to show that you don’t care about true hate crimes either! Hope your cancellation will help!
— Billy Blaze (@BillyBlaze17) March 26, 2019
Empire should make Jamal literally do what Jussie is accused of doing & it'll be art imitating life, but the twist is his character will actually be charged in the show, thus killing him off the show.Could be a halfass form of #karma? https://t.co/Dm8IOs7Uc4 #jussiesmollett #wtf
— sendsent (@alifaleph) March 28, 2019
— John Cummings (@JC_Sports22) March 26, 2019
Anybody who watches this show now is what is wrong with America. #BoycottEmpire
— Chris Myers (@chrismyers42) March 26, 2019
While many fans are angered by the dismissal of charges against Smollett, the actor has received support from celebrities and his co-stars.
— Empire Writers (@EmpireWriters) March 26, 2019
Co-star Taraji P. Henson also expressed her support of Smollett, telling USA Today, “I’m happy that the truth has finally been set free, because I knew it all along.”
Smollett was previously set to be written out of the show’s final two episodes. In February, the producers of the show and Fox released a joint statement explaining their decision to remove the actor from the show’s final episodes: “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of Jamal from the final two episodes of the season.”
Now that the charges have been dropped, it’s unclear whether or not the star will reprise his role on the series. Wednesday night’s episode gave few hints as to the fate of Jamal Lyon,.
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