Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray

Despite issuing a statement saying Fox would continue to stand behind actor Jussie Smollett, Empire producers have "drastically cut" Smollett's scenes after his MAGA attack story backfired on him.

Smollett is pictured above left with Empire co-star Bryshere "Yazz" Gray in a photo dated May 17, 2017.

Last week, Chicago police sources told a local reporter that they believed the actor faked his attack because his character was being cut out of Empire.

But Empire scriptwriters took to Twitter.com to vehemently deny reports that their star was being cut from the show.

Now those same writers are "scrambling" to revise scripts to delete Smollett's scenes.

READ ALSO: Jussie Smollett Felony Case to Go Before Grand Jury

According to TMZ, Empire producers have cut many scenes featuring the actor in the upcoming season.

The openly homosexual actor, who plays singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon, had a big musical extravaganza with many scenes in the second-to-last episode of Season 5, production sources told TMZ.

But those scenes and his big musical performance have been cut according to the gossip blog.

Smollett's character is no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters, according to TMZ.

The gossip blog says Empire scriptwriters have been "scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season's scripts" to eliminate any mention of the disgraced actor.

Smollett, 36, is spending far less time on the set as a result of his cut scenes.

Smollett told police that two men attacked him and called him racist and homophobic slurs as he left a Subway restaurant at 2 a.m. during a bone-chilling polar vortex on January 29.

But police were skeptical of Smollett's story from the very beginning. Investigators now believe Smollett staged the attack with two brothers after they mailed an "anthrax letter" to the Fox Chicago studio that failed to get the response from the news media that Smollett was expecting.

A grand jury will hear evidence against Smollet on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Smollett could be charged with multiple Class 4 felonies including making a false report to police, sending a threatening letter through the US Postal Service, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

He faces a minimum of 5 years behind bars.

Photo by Splash News

  • Bossy704

    Drake should play him. He is more than qualified. I miss Jimmy.

  • bemetoo

    He done .. over cook burnt

  • Kanyade

    smh.

  • Trace da Ace

    welp......seems like this story is getting more interesting than before....wonder how Lee Daniels aka Zaddy Sweet Meat...is gonna spin this.....stay tuned!

  • bemetoo

    We all want to know what lee has to say now?

  • Let them eat cake

    SMH....you did it to yourself Jussie...

  • Gloria

    Should've NEVER lied, dummy.

  • Topic Influencer

    He has been MIGHTY silent.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Giggles

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    When is the LGBT?? THEY MIGHTY QUIET!

  • YellowSauce

    Welp ... I'm sorry THIS is the way it had to happen but I have grown TIRED of his part in the show actually anyways .... I however hope he didn't lie about this ... for me ... there are lies and then there are LIES ... God says a lie is a lie but for me there is a difference .. I'm not judging him but SMH

  • Guest

    Dead at Zaddy Sweet Meat! lmao!

  • Guest

    Oh Well! Moving right along. New Post!

  • WinterIsComing

    Welp! ?????

  • LYRICS

    Ever since "Yazz" did Taylor Swift on Lip Sync battle, I've been "side eyeing" him? #weknowjussiealie!

  • Blue

    He could have staged that attack wayyyy better. Hire two white guys (preferably with a meth-head look). Also, actually let them beat you up. Method acting, Jussie. Come on bruh.

  • GAPeach

    This is a horrible picture. He looks like he's about to bite Jussie whole head off. I honestly an SOOOOO sick of this story. If you're going to charge him, get on with it.

  • Pitty Patty

    YOU BIG DUMMY!!!

    You got to be a stupid muthafawker to kill your career like this.

  • Coy little wink

    He seems like a reasonable guy in real life I just don't get why he would think this hoax was a good idea...

    But like Boosie said d!ck will make you crazy sometimes...

  • Bonita

    I'm not convinced that he's even gay, as opposed to gay for pay. That could be an act as well.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Jamal Lyons... more like Jussie Lying

  • xenaD

    I don’t believe that for one second.. (I’m talking bout him being written out of the show empire) and I’m just going to leave it at that

  • SomeonesMrs

    I wonder if he will just go upstairs and never return like the sister in family matters

  • dru and neil

    The dumbest actions of a celebrity since Rosanne ruined her mega hit show, being a racist.

  • ?jessica?

    As they should. If in was him I would be too embarrassed to go into work

  • Kimocha

    LOL!... That's what he NEED to do!...Lol!

  • Coy little wink

    It really doesn't make any sense...

  • Trace da Ace

    cause they knew this story was suspect from jump....and Jussie fukked himself over even more by going on TV doing interviews and shyt...he should have let the FEDS handle it...and move on....

  • Trace da Ace

    exactly!!! How is he gonna say that 2 big azz black men.....are 2 white MAGA folks??? and wasn't 1 described as a "redneck".....like all of that mess.....he went to much into details.....that is what happens when folks lie....hard to remember all the lies....

  • Tinytoon

    Lol, thank you. The best he came up with is scratch the size of a paper cup, 2 people he knew & $8000. A crackhead would done more damage for a dime bag & some McDonald's. ?

  • ALLMINE?

    Case of the fake people- TLC

  • ALLMINE?

    RUNNNNNN JUSSIE RUN HONEEEYY..

  • tintin

    he will be fired.

    or he will we told to leave the show. he has no choice, made a fool of himself

  • ALLMINE?

    ????

  • Tinytoon

    Haha, they did her so wrong.

  • Coy little wink

    If he has a contract they will have to buy him out...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    And don't forget, he withdrew $8K to stay below the $10K that would normally trigger an alert to the IRS.

  • Topic Influencer

    I think all of this is for sure getting this show cxld. Its so MANY mad folks over this mess. The city of Chicago wants this cast most likely to pack their shit and LEAVE tout de suite

  • Phillybruh

    He'll go missing for the remainder of the season and half of next because it should be the final season. Then return for the final four or five episodes by then no one will care about this.

  • Topic Influencer

    I think its getting cxld sis. He is going to forever get blamed as the person who got this show run off the air.

  • Phillybruh

    I'm sure they can shoot from a set at this point .

  • Phillybruh

    I'd want my money back, them negroes was supposed to stay in Africa until this blew over.

  • xenaD

    From the commercials, since last year, they have been calling it the FINAL season ??

  • Coy little wink

    nobody I know watches empire anyway ?

  • Topic Influencer

    THIS. It was on the brink of extinction as it WAS

  • Topic Influencer

    Right. But to relo a set, disrupt the skeds of big time stars (Taraji and Terrance) to relo THEM to yet another city or location...Fox just gonna say fukk it and close shop

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The feds lured them back. They probably threatened to deport their entire family if they didn't return.

  • Phillybruh

    They going pull one more season out of this show. They wrap in a few weeks and can easily get a set in LA where these actors are based. With Jamal, dying or missing they can get some real acting out of Taraji and Terrance.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This will entice a lot of people to tune in to the show. I used to fast forward through his scenes. Then I gave up and quit watching after they killed off the white girl. ?

  • therealashland

    Sis you played yourself

  • MythCalledLove

    I'm still sitting here wondering WTH happened. The LGRSTUV folks don't need this. It would put the 'I'm every woman & Your gonna love me brigade slow down a bit. All it takes is something like this to hopefully get the train on the right track.

  • http://www.legalizemelanin.com Legalize Melanin

    He was already cut. Nice spin Empire ?

  • Phillybruh

    Its the highest rated show on FOX folks still watch it. I don't but I know people who do faithfully.

  • Blue

    Exactly

  • Topic Influencer

    Taraji just copped a new Chi condo (her finance is from Chi) and so did Terry (was born there and still has fam there). Sure they have LA real estate but both have Chi ties just as easy. And its cheaper. Tis why its filmed there to start with Im SURE. Jussie caused a whole lot of issues for no damn reason. We shall see if they get another season. A lot of shows black AND white, big AND small get tossed off the air with no finale often.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I can see his character committing suicide on Empire.

    ... which would be appropriate, since he committed career suicide in real life.

  • Phillybruh

    He should have got some real gays to pull off this caper, I know some who crafted luxury homes in MD he should have went to the house kids for such capers...lol

  • Phillybruh

    They will Toss Jussie for the remainder of this season and half of next. He'll cop a plea and sit out and learn his lesson just in time for the series finale.

  • Nik

    I'm still unclear as to why he felt he needed to do that. This is the most bizarre things I've heard this year, even more so than what Agent Tangerine has been doing.

  • Topic Influencer

    Now this might happen

  • Phillybruh

    I left because it conflicted with Blackish on Wednesdays then never went back

  • Nik
  • Topic Influencer

    Judy Winslow his ass

  • KLo

    BS

  • datjerk

    ???

  • Nik
  • Topic Influencer

    Someone below said his storyline is: he gonna be upstairs practicing, and then when audiences see him again next season, he gonna be in a rocking chair slowly rocking singing "You're so beautifulllllllllllll". But all eerie and slow and like a whisper.

  • tia

    All I can say and continue to type is , "why???"

  • Topic Influencer

    You know who she knows, or you know her and you still watch? Which part is BS?

  • KLo

    WRONG! they are US citizens

  • Topic Influencer

    Bird never fast forwarded through his goat vocals. What she been saying over all of this? I know she was part of Jussie Hive when the show first came on.

  • KLo

    JS knows damn well he made this shyt up. Now, he and his lawyers are trying to portray the 2 brothers as predators. #GTFOH

  • KLo

    exactly

  • Yui

    -Fred Sanford voice- “You big dummy!”

  • SpiceGirl

    Welp, I guess time will tell come March

  • Phillybruh

    For the Final season, they will probably bring him back in a splashy way its empire.

  • Let them eat cake

    lol

  • Trace da Ace

    #TRUTH

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    OK. My co-worker told me he "heard" Jussie's scenes were going to be cut Before all this transpired & that THIS is the reason he pulled this stunt. I am still holding on to hope.

  • Trace da Ace

    Chile....I watched the first 2 episodes of last season.....did not interest me...so I bowed out.....still watch Star tho....

  • tia

    for real tho... crazy ass boy:(

  • Coy little wink

    I don't know you do I?

  • Nik

    All of the theories thus far revolve around his fear of loss. If that's the case, it's even more ludicrous (in my Mike Tyson voice) because if things get exposed he will lose way more than he had hoped to keep.

  • Marlika

    Jussie needs to go on a sabbatical like the white folks until the blows over and he gets his life in order.?????

    Have a “ mental breakdown” & go on a sabbatical.

  • Coy little wink

    I stopped watching second season when cookie wore that gorilla suit...

  • xenaD

    I damn sure do.. I watch power as well

  • grenadiadrian
  • Coy little wink

    Girrrll...QTNA

  • Mielle Downey
  • wonderwoman

    It was strange that the only cast member to release a statement when this first happened was Terrence Howard. It made me wonder why???

  • Mielle Downey
  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I can see Jussie committing suicide in real life.

  • Mielle Downey
  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Auntie, where do you find these pictures?
    Even old girl in the corner has her hand over her mouth while those two go jabberwacky on each other.
    Looking like two T-Rexes.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Jussie needs to be worried about having a sore booty-hole because I heard the boys on D-block have already drawn straws to see who will be Jussie's cell mate and they just decided to share him.

    And no the commissary doesn't sell Vaseline by the jar or the tube.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Dead asf! Log out Rod .... tRex ????

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld
  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ????

  • Seldomseen

    Not T- Rexes

  • Seldomseen

    Exactly

  • stav

    What is so funny/not funny is throughout the history of this country others have quite often blamed crimes on blacks , to never be charged with hate crimes or brought to any type of justice or even for there to much/ any type of outcry for that matter. This man has(allegedly) did nothing more than the same thing(not condoning anything, we should never want to be like or do the things others may do to us) that has been done to blacks for centuries , and the outcry is real. Now my question is , is the outcry so strong because we hold us to a higher standard, maybe because he is a quasi"celebrity", shock, or is it because this just doesn't make sense for him to risk all that he has going on. Your thoughts ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They look as if they are about to give each other hickeys.

  • Let them eat cake

    omg lol!

  • tintin

    it must be so weird on the empire set now.
    i wonder if Taraji came out and asked him straight. I think Terrance would call him out

  • grenadiadrian

    On 2/19/2019: @SingleGalCrazyWorld:disqus has won the internet ?

  • Mielle Downey

    Lol what job tommie?

  • Don Hanlon

    HAWHAW

  • NewNew
  • NewNew

    Took the words right out of my mouth

  • Rayscoty

    He worked hard to build a successful career.
    One stupid lie destroyed all that work..

    I wonder what Robert / R Kelly doing. I played 12 album last night.

  • sjames

    my only thing is if he gets charged with false reporting then pls go back and charge/arrest all those women who lied on black men about rape, murder, theft, n everything else our ppl get blamed for. pls n thnx :)

  • sjames

    i think it has more to do with how he positions himself in the media & the pushback ppl have against the lgbt community. as a member of the community, as of late it has seemed like the lgbt have been saying "if you don't accept us then you're a homophobe" where a small, but vocal, group of ppl have become the oppressors in a sense. ppl are tired of the "gay agenda" already. then to have jussie position himself as an lgbt representative "gay tupac" its like....this is a moment for ppl to take out their frustrations against a community at his expense. granted, he brought this on himself. as blk ppl though, we give this much outcry to anything esp when we smell bs. this was all funny till he disrespected tupac then it was like "ok the gays have gone too far" type deal. my thoughts lol

  • sjames

    yea it's like damn this show ain't the only thing out there. but honestly, his range is lacking and i'm tired of the fake MJ/The Weeknd voice thing he has going on. It's annoying af LOL

  • sjames

    it's more annoying bc his sister, whom i've loved since she and I were both 5yrs old, spoke out in his defense. she is extremely passionate and protective of her older siblings. i'm mad that he got her (the more successful Smollett) looking like a fool in his defense.

  • stav

    Thank you for your thoughts!

  • sjames

    so i stopped on season 2 episode 2. came back season 3 and Trey acting skills finally got the chance to shine like it should've been. my man's has the RANGE!!!!!!!!

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Thr first season hyped this young man up but nothing became of the music career and his career stalled at Jamal especially when umm we discovered he sounded like a billy goat. Some folks don't know how to deal with the highs and lows of fame. The fame game will praise your name and will not refrain to spit you out and toss you later.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I fast forward his singing. He truly sounds like a goat.

  • https://www.facebook.com/miesha.weststrong Miesha West-Strong

    Wonder if it’s uncomfortable for the other cast members having to work with him on the scenes he does have? Taraji seem like the type that would come out and boldly ask why you lie ?

  • 2gr8ful

    Hilarious Tommy..RIP

  • Nik

    Tommy, you ain't got no job maaaan!!!!

  • Dun Dilly

    Welp, like the gay TUPAC, he rode hard for his Gay/Lib/Dem comrades . ..now do y'all think they gonna stand by him or flush him like a used rubber??

  • facingrealit1

    I'll take the latter for 1 thousand Alex.

  • facingrealit1

    BOTH! Because Jussie has opened the door for other blacks to be abused and ignored if they say it was by a white person. He also set the LGBTQ's back centuries as they are already perceived as being overly dramatic and this "it" right here was over the top dramatic and RACIST as it was nothing more in the eyes of most as another black on black crime in Chicago!

  • Li-Wright

    Let me tell you. Yazz is taking his acting career serious. He just did an independent movie, Canal Street, in Chicago. And he was one of New Edition.
    Jussie? I dunno....to quote the DB: He's just a marginal actor.

  • Li-Wright

    Taraji was promoting his CD coming out in 2 weeks. on her tweet she said Support Jussie, go buy his record....released in 2 weeks. That could be another reason why he pulled this stunt.

  • Li-Wright

    The writers had him in too many scenes having sex with another man. I had to turn away from the TV. You can have romance with a man, but I don't want to see no F*ing.

  • Li-Wright

    Not his first time. Read the news, he was on probation for 2 years in California.

  • Logan Roberts

    I don't know whose name I've heard the damn most, R.Kelly or Jussie.

  • Allihave2say

    That big mouthed boy in the pink looks exactly Jay Z by the mouth. Is there something we should know?

  • Allihave2say

    Bussie SmoothA is a narcissist and a sociopath.

  • Coco17

    And get your president too while they at it..

  • Coco17

    For what?

  • Coco17

    ????

  • Rhondalousey

    Lmao yep. Im glad he's getting cut, i was tired of seeing his scenes on empire.

  • Rhondalousey

    Lmao yep. Im glad he's getting cut, i was tired of seeing his scenes on empire.