Jussie Smollett 'mortified' over 2019 Robin Roberts interview: 'There was a certain level of performative nature'

Jussie Smollett regrets doing that infamous sit-down with Robin Roberts in 2019. In a rare interview, the actor said he was "mortified" watching it back for the first time last year.

Smollett chatted with SiriusXM's Sway Calloway to promote B-Boy Blues, his first project since he was fired from Empire when police determined he staged his own hate crime. The 40-year-old actor shed new light on his mindset three years ago and revealed he wasn't aware of online backlash for quite some time. Smollett, who was sentenced to 150 days in jail for lying to police, maintains his innocence but wishes he spoke out in a different way.

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