Jussie Smollet and Ellen Degeneres

Actor and singer Jussie Smollet confirmed the worst kept secret in Hollywood. The 31-year-old 'Empire' star came out as gay during an interview with lesbian daytime host Ellen Degeneres.

During his guest appearance Smollet discussed the popularity of the hip hop soap opera 'Empire' which has reached new heights in the ratings race every week. But despite all the hoopla, 'Empire' has yet to pull in the staggering numbers of 1990s TV sitcoms 'Cosby Show' or 'A Different World'.

At one point Ellen asked Smollet what was happening in his personal life since his character, Jamal Lyons, came out on the show.

Smollet appeared to avoid the question.

"Well what’s happening in my life, it’s been great. You know I get some ignorant tweets every once in a while you know, and I know you’re not supposed to respond, but sometimes you got to clap back! You know what I’m saying. By all means my mother, who’s in the back right now, she’s absolutely an activist. And I’m a firm believer that people cannot get away with murder although I love “How to get away with murder.” But you cannot allow people to just spew hate and be ok. I have a tattoo that’s the first line in “Man in the Mirror” that says, “I’m going to make a change.” And I just feel that, as tenants of this earth, it’s our job to make a difference and make the world better and we can’t just sit around and let people spew nasty things and just think that’s OK. It’s not OK."

So after the taping, Ellen caught up with Smollet backstage and asked him more directly what was up with him.

Jussie Smollet and Ellen Degeneres

Smollet, who is mixed race and born in Brazil, finally came clean without actually saying the words "I'm gay." He admitted that he has never been in the closet and he said his mother "knows" and she loves and accepts him.

Kudos to Smollet for finally coming out of the closet. He can now stop pretending to be is interested in women and live his life as an openly gay actor and singer. He should go far in today's current climate of tolerance and acceptance for all things gay.

Watch the video below.

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    WUUUUTTT...naw...say it ain't...soooo :yawn:
    ^^^^^^^^ :sarcasm: ^^^all this here is :sarcasm:

  • SOTHERNGRL

    Welp I wish I could fine some care about this :shrug: But sadly I have searched high and low and can not find not 1 fugg to give. I dont care what goes on in other peoples bedroom :no:

  • FuturedocDonte

    But if the closet door is wide open :shrug:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

    What is he working with under that yellow smilely is the real question of the day :yes:

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    Did that nigra say he and his momz go to the Sound o Muzak? :facepalm:

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    He wasn't in the closet.

  • Matchsticks

    his father is Jewish and mother is black...that equals Brazilian??? who knew... :shrugs:

    :lol:

  • capricorn83

    I guess you're happy, Sandy. :tea: I don't think he was ever in the closet. He just didn't broadcast it every chance he got.... which I appreciate. I know he was even in a gay movie in the past.

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    SOTHERNGRL says:

    Welp I wish I could fine some care about this :shrug: But sadly I have searched high and low and can not find not 1 fugg to give. I dont care what goes on in other peoples bedroom :no:
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    B-I-N-GO! B-I-N-GO!! B-I-N-GO!!! AND BINGO IS THE NAME O! AND :cosign: Not my :buttshake: you runnin in and ain't my puzzay you :lick: So you sir do you..or him..and Imma let my man do meh :tea:

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    Bird: neither is King Latifah but ppl just wanna hear the words for some odd reason :shrugs:

    Mc Lyte too

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    VDot in his movie The skinny he stripped down to his drawers in one scene and he had a very respectable bulge. Very juicy. Even though it was a gay scene I got excited. :bounce:

  • https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0TMzDWwIj7Y Nancy Drew Wears Prada :nun: …that’s all. :tea:

    Smollet, who is Brazilian, finally came clean
    __________________________

    there's a waxing joke somewhere in this :think: :kona:

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    User I wanted to hear the words too after the Sway interview. I don't want my baby hiding. Latifah was with Jeanette for years and never walked the red carpet with her. That puts her in the closet for me.

  • SOTHERNGRL

    Bird: neither is King Latifah but ppl just wanna hear the words for some odd reason
    Mc Lyte too
    **************
    :nono: Not I says this cat. I'm not the one thats got to scissor with them or wear the strap on so it aint my business.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcCHR-7FNA Man, I just don’t care™

    But despite all the hoopla, ‘Empire’ has yet to pull in the staggering numbers of 1990s TV sitcoms ‘Cosby Show’ or ‘A Different World’.
    ___________

    No tv show gets those sort of ratings Sandra! :rofl:

    Well, except for T.I.'s reality show. :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    WHALE ain't this some ish, Ain't nobody say there was a :newpost: downstairs :twisted:

    On topic: ION care either way :no:
    Let's see how record sales go :shrug:

  • Yawncé

    Show of hand... who here actually thought this mf was straight?
    :sideeye:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    :heart: Queen Latifah :heart:
    And she don't owe me a durn thing :nono:
    ION care that much (about that) :no:

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    Yawncé says:

    Show of hand… who here actually thought this mf was straight?
    :sideeye:
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    :no: no one but he deluuuusional... no one but them...

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Sandy shows had 10s of thousands of viewers in those days because their weren't a bazillion cable channels to compete with. Empire is doing great and I expect them to reach 20 milli by the season 2 premiere.

  • MisUnderstood

    :cosign: Southern girl & PHD wut

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    Man
    Did you see SNL spoof iggy and ti Saturday? :popcorn: Funny stuff! :lol:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    RIP BIG :listen:

  • MisUnderstood

    And if you're batting for the other team, ion care bout your bulge.

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    :offtopic: MY BEST FRIEND IS IN A DOPAMINE INDUCED COMA!!!

    :facePALM: I HAVE A WHAT WOULD YOU DO QUESTION LADIES..

    Saturday my friend calls me and say "Hey Mr. Man finally called and wants to see me! He is wanting to go out and wants me to bring a friend for his homeboy/fratbro!" :no: <---to myself... "Girl I really like him and you know I hadn't :hump: with in months and Im HORNY!" Im like "Girl if you want go get it but be cautious of your heart." She ask me to please please please come cuz she is nervous to hand with them to alone...I go...dude was cute but too short but I won't get into that..THIS ABOUT MR MAN...He ask what im drinking and he bought me a few drinks right...nice mkay...theeen he started the SHYT I DONT LIKE..While she and him are dancing...he reaches and starts ticklin my ear and neck...WTF when I first felt it I was thinking lil fella was trying to make a pass at me..the second time he is staring me in the eye So I say loudly "Mr Quit I hate that shyt!" He laughs it off and she kinda does to.. THIS IS THE WIERDERER PART... Im dancing..the next thing I know..DOLLAZ! ALL FLOATING ROUND MEH..IM LIKE DID THEY DO A MONEY DROP IN THIS BISH? I LOOK OVER AND IT HIS AZZ! She is half smiling but I can tell this pissed her off a lil (I would have clocked my dude) but then he notices and started to pour money on her..My "Bills-Need-Paying" mind said bish pick that shyt up. But my loyal to my homegirl said I ain't touching that shyt cuz he thinking some shyt I ain't gone get involved in. Through out the night he kept slick putting his hands on me and once he slapped my butt. I yelled "Imma stab the fukk outchu Mr!" He laughed...After all this..she still went home with him and slept with him...Do I tell my girl listen..he ain't no good...she was soo drunk I don't think she saw half the shyt he was pullin...WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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    Well, except for T.I.’s reality show. :coffee:
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    :cloud:

  • MisUnderstood

    :wait: on Shemar Moore to step out his walk in closet

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcCHR-7FNA Man, I just don’t care™

    @WUT
    Dont' say chit. You told her to protect her heart. Chit. Girl wanted some dyck. Geez.

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    MisUnderstood says:

    And if you’re batting for the other team, ion care bout your bulge.
    March 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm
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    Why not? It can still be nice to look at. Like porn stars that do straight movies & gay for pay on the side

    .....or a dude that just came home from prison :tea:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    WUT she sounds DUMB and she may not even listen anyways :shrug:
    EYE wouldn't say a word :tea:

    Now I WATT EYE woulda done right then and there was popped him across the head for playing with me....Fugg I look like....
    BUT what's done is done, so she may ask why yeen say nothing that night before she gave up the skins :eek:

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    MisUnderstood says:

    :wait: on Shemar Moore to step out his walk in closet
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    When dat happens... Imma :nun: my azz straight into the :casket:

  • MisUnderstood

    @PHD wut, I would have left after he slapped my butt or made it rain on me, leaving home girl there. If she wants to be an idiot, let her get screwed literally & figuratively.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    No tv show gets those sort of ratings Sandra! :rofl:

    Well, except for T.I.’s reality show. :coffee:
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    :kona:

  • MisUnderstood

    @UF, I only admire what I can use. Fresh peen release gay men & STD mens don't do a thing for me. :shrug:

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    Wut if u saw it then she saw it too :shrugs: maybe she like it

    I know a dude that always tries to grope me when his chik be right there. She lets him do whatever. Im talking we sitting on the same couch and he reached for my titty. He dont care & neither do she

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    I woulda kneed him in the moneymaker.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    He admitted that he has never been in the closet
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    That about sums it up

  • sassyshe

    Jussie was never in the closet

    Wut I had a similar situation happened for my bday. My girls took me out and my bestie has been trying to make this dude her :hump: buddy and he started smacking me on the azz, tried to dance on me every moment he can get and said oh I think I would love to handle you. Anyways I put it out there to her when we were having breakfast like dude was pushing up on everything walking he even said this to me. She laughed it off and said he was drunk. I was like whatever. With friends you never know, sometimes they happy you tell, sometimes they get mad at you. I say just out it out there casually - like what type of mess your dude was on at the club...

  • MisUnderstood

    @DTTS midget dude would have stopped playing with me after the first ish he pulled.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    Who saw Millionaire Matchmaker last night?

  • MisUnderstood

    Watch what a man says & does when he's drunk; that's his true personality coming through.

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    <--Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

    WUT she sounds DUMB and she may not even listen anyways :shrug:
    EYE wouldn’t say a word :tea:

    Now I WATT EYE woulda done right then and there was popped him across the head for playing with me….Fugg I look like….
    BUT what’s done is done, so she may ask why yeen say nothing that night before she gave up the skins :eek:
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    Girl I was tryin to clue her up by being verbal each time he did little shyt. She would see it and giggle it awf... He tried to do the too tight hug on me before we left too. I was like "Alright MR!!" and pushed away...She calls the next day and say how great the sex was and how she really likes him and how all he said all night is how sexy she was to him... I was like well good for you :grill: <--my fake support smile...I don't want to burst her high.. I think Imma just hang back and hold her hand when he disappears....again...

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    DId anyone actually watch this video, to make sure the post matches the video?! :rofl: :rofl:

    :kona:

  • Mother Of Dragons, The Next Supreme (proud nerd)

    :rofl: at the random naked selfie. What was this about? Jussie is gay but still won't say he's gay on the record...ok... :shrug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    I think Imma just hang back and hold her hand when he disappears….again…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    :yes: I concur

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    WUT

    A man like that can't hide his bishazzness. Your friend is aware. She's ignoring it for whatever reason. Let her do her. She grownt.

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    MisUnderstood says:

    @UF, I only admire what I can use. Fresh peen release gay men & STD mens don’t do a thing for me. :shrug:
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    So when u :hump: the butler in jamaica you dont think he would do something strange for a little change? :rofl: that nigga prolly get in wherever or whoever he fit in

  • SOTHERNGRL

    She laughed it off and said he was drunk.
    ******************************
    :no: It dont matter a drunk person speaks and acts with a sober mind dont let that chit make no difference.

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    sassyshe says:

    Jussie was never in the closet

    Wut I had a similar situation happened for my bday. My girls took me out and my bestie has been trying to make this dude her :hump: buddy and he started smacking me on the azz, tried to dance on me every moment he can get and said oh I think I would love to handle you. Anyways I put it out there to her when we were having breakfast like dude was pushing up on everything walking he even said this to me. She laughed it off and said he was drunk. I was like whatever. With friends you never know, sometimes they happy you tell, sometimes they get mad at you. I say just out it out there casually – like what type of mess your dude was on at the club…
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    She has been sulking over this guy. I told her a few times listen...you want to know if its more than sex..mention going out for a daylight date...She expressed that to him and he asked her out to lunch..never showed up..and claimed that he didn't get the text she sent with the address to her job.. :smack: I was like listen..If he really wanted to have lunch with you that day he would have text and said Bae Im on the way..send me the address... I don't know what else to tell her...

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
    ===========
    It sounds like she shouldn't have been pining over that dude in the first place. I would have to tell her though. He's slimy and may try to make it seem like the flirting was mutual or you were coming on to him.

    I almost stopped at her not wanting to hang by herself- I thought we got past that stage in high school? Then again, I've been real Petty Wright lately.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    Rice and black bean burritos for lunch. #nomnom

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    :newpost:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

    THIS IS THE WIERDERER PART… Im dancing..the next thing I know..DOLLAZ! ALL FLOATING ROUND MEH..IM LIKE DID THEY DO A MONEY DROP IN THIS BISH? I LOOK OVER AND IT HIS AZZ!

    **********

    I'm sorry, but :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
    Did he tell you there was more where that came from? :hahaha:

  • WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill:

    Bird says:

    WUT

    A man like that can’t hide his bishazzness. Your friend is aware. She’s ignoring it for whatever reason. Let her do her. She grownt.
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    I know, but she's my girl..you don't want to see your friend consistently hurt...but you know that whether you say stay or go..she is going to do what she want to and it may break up a long time friendship...you know dyck can ruin a best friendship fast!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    She calls the next day and say how great the sex was
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    :facepalm: She really slept with him after ALL of that. She don't want to be saved.

  • Mother Of Dragons, The Next Supreme (proud nerd)

    WUT I feel bad for your friend. Her self esteem must be so low...if she tries to inflict him upon you again tell her no and mention what happened. Otherwise just be there for her when he breaks her heart for good. He will because clearly he's a p.o.s.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    :newpost: 2 Sociopath Fleas

  • Chocolate

    @MAN why eddy and rubber man, in your gravi like that :rofl: what you saying huh? :lol:

  • http://youtu.be/7fSfM0vk0qk Hair Lova Formerly Known As Dark Ceaser

    She laughed it off and said he was drunk.
    _______
    That was the real him, she just hatin... How you are drunk, is how you are in real life. Your just being your representative when your not.

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Dang I got a personal story but my SR stalker got me scurried to bring it up. I'll just say that a friend has offered to dust off the cobwebs but he off limits. Still I'm considering it.

  • Phrozen1der

    That man aint never been in a closet... He's content, I say let him rock.. #Kudos :lol:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcCHR-7FNA Man, I just don’t care™

    Just saw an up to date pic of the cast of "Good Times."
    :eek:

  • Lady_L

    WUT IZ A PHD!!! :grill: says:

    SOTHERNGRL says:

    Welp I wish I could fine some care about this But sadly I have searched high and low and can not find not 1 fugg to give. I dont care what goes on in other peoples bedroom
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    Ditto for me!

  • tintin1979

    he's so cute. that sucks

  • pointhimout

    he didn't respond directly but came out of the closet? LOL. It is/was/has never been a secret. I mean damn, the dude does majority gay roles. He did a movie directed by Patrik Ian Polk (Noah's Ark creator) with body contact and all the kissing, etc. Like him, those who are important to me know what's up with me. Not everyone feel the need to lead their lives as gay when it's just a small part of who you are.

    I never saw or heard of him chasing women or pretending to be into women ever. I'm just one person, but IJS. Well before Empire, I knew this about him. The ratings are phenomenal when you take into consideration the different mediums which shows air. Broadcast, dvr, hulu, amazon, cable, etc. We are far beyond a time when people didn't even have cable. The Cosby Show did top 20+million views most seasons on average, but again, folks had no cable or as many options. I take nothing from Cosby, but still give kudos to Empire.