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Jussie Smollett's final official episode of Fox TV's Empire sent viewers rushing for the exits. Smollett, who plays prodigal son Jamal Lyon, tied the knot in TV's first-ever Black, homosexual wedding on Wednesday night.

Television ratings for Smollet's final episode in the series bottomed out with a 1.1 rating for the key 18-49 demo and just 3.8 million total viewers, according to Variety.com.

The episode was Smollett's last confirmed appearance in the season 5 of the Fox drama Empire's ratings took a nosedive after Smollett, 36, was arrested for lying to police about staging a racist and anti-homosexual hate crime against himself in Chicago in January.

He was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct in February. But in a strange turn of events, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges on March 26.

  • xenaD

    I loved this episode! Mad gay but damnit I cried...

  • Li-Wright

    First I love Empire, because I love the cast esp. Terrence and TPH. However, Jamal is the LEAST interesting character on the show. Smollett should thank his lucky stars that he got that break. He's just a MEH singer; he and Mario sound alike IMO. And Smollett sounds like so many other soul singer brothers. Same tone, same runs, etc. etc.

    Now about last night - that courtship and wedding just went on too long. I had to turn away. Nobody's interested in gay sex and gay kissing except gays who are a small niche in the country. I would like to know if the ratings dropped before the wedding or after the wedding.
    BTW, I never hear anything about STAR (another show I hate on Fox, besides Lethal Weapon). Does anybody watch that show?
    Anywho the best show on fox now is 911. That show kills it everytime. But Empire needs to go in another direction away from the gay sex and love scenes. I'm glad those two got married, so maybe they can drive into the sunset.
    But the show has not been renewed. I saw Lee Daniels on TMZ and he looks worried....because Disney is now owners of FOX and they may want more "family" friendly shows.
    But if Empire is NOT renewed, it can always go to BET or Hulu.
    And one last thing, I'm getting tired of star "cameos" having a few episodes and then dying. Like Forest Whitaker. he appeared on maybe 3 shows and then he died. I liked his character. I like the Damon Cross character, but how long will he last on the show?

  • Li-Wright

    One last thing. Who do you think is going to die and who is in the casket?

  • Li-Wright

    I couldn't stand it. I hope they drive off into the sunset overseas.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jussie was seen having a POWER LUNCH with the head writer of "Empire" yesterday. So it looks like he'll be back for the sixth season.

  • xenaD

    Andre or hopefully the white brother

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I catch Star every now and then.

    BUT 9-1-1 is my chit! Never disappoints. Sort of like Law & Order in regards to the endless emergent situations they come up with!

  • xenaD

    ???? listen. Ok I’m trying not to be homophobic here! The story was touching I must say. The wedding was cute too. The kissing scenes tho ?

  • xenaD

    All last year they kept saying the final season. I’m not understanding how all of a sudden it’s “a sixth season”

  • Seldomseen

    Why his brother got the stank face in the background

  • Evillene

    This time Jussie's tears were real.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Please put this show out of its misery.

  • C Mack

    I watch Star every week lol. I used to skip it after Empire but got hooked during season 2. Watch it! You’ll get a laugh out of Queen Latifah’s wigs lol

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Yal can’t be using words like “bottom” in a jussie post while using a pic of his face lookin like that lol

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Lol at the " SHOW BOTTOMED OUT"...

  • Ms..N

    It's sad because the show
    started out as a great show with Terrance and Taraji whom have great on screen chemistry! Then here comes Lee Daniels trying to make Jussie the lead character which failed miserably! Jussie's acting is as dry as spray paint!! https://media2.giphy.com/media/d1TwYpDcR1zPi/giphy.gif

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    And drow... NEVA to come back!

  • J2PC

    Fell for that again? It's the same old hyped up marketing trick used in hiphop to spark the audience's interest via claims of last or final concert call for a tour; album, TV episode or movie series.

  • xenaD

    What kind of dumb tactic is that?!

  • selectivewords

    I love Star!!

  • Mielle Downey
  • Li-Wright

    You know, I never thought of it that way....but you're making sense.

  • J2PC

    It works. How many times have Black folks 'emotionally' fell for this will be his or her last concert (or album) which resulted in high sales or ratings? Then, the person comes out of their pretentious retirement and continue as if nothing ever happened.

    A game of lies & deceit is not so dumb of a tactic if only the dummies fall for it while everyone else benefits.

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    Ha,ha,ha!!

    Auntie got puns tonight.

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    Ha,ha,ha!!

    Auntie got puns tonight.

  • cpatterson_22

    If they kill Andre off than I'm out

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Im lost isnt the show ending this season ??

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    My tv stopped attending when the bib slayer did her swan dive thanks to bewbewkitty who got her comuppencee I'm told later.

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  • Chhzz

    His TV brother in the back giving him the stank eye

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • ClaireHuxtable

    Could have been a good show, but it was just tew murch tew soon. The writing was off.
    I felt like Lee was trying to vomit his d3mons right into our living rooms.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    The show quickly became a forced agenda instead of a good dramatic and suspenseful story line.

  • EyeEmJai

    I thought there was a Black homosexual marriage on TV series Noah's Arc?

  • Victorious82

    Jamal crying about his daddy walking him down the aisle...no ma’am. You a whole male out here, you betta walk your grown butt down the aisle by yourself or with yo mama. Ain’t no man supposed to walk another man down the aisle to give him away to another man lol

  • Blaque Mahogany

    The first season of Empire was my last season. It just seemed all over the place. I recently watched an interview Malik Yoba did and he said he found out he was getting murdered a few days before they filmed the episode. He also indicated their was a weird energy on the set. Not surprised bc Lee Daniels comes off like a grimy p.o.s.

  • the guest

    lol

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    No... the real reason Empire failed is because of the Gay wedding .. regardless of what people say in public.. most citizens don’t support the Gay lifestyle.. they are forced to support it publicly to keep their place of employment.. just like most folk say they’re not Racist but guess what look at society and all of the racist behavior happening?????

  • Vonn

    "Empire’ Ratings Bottom Out for Jussie Finale." I see what you did there SR.

  • samuel severino

    He was setup by Jussie who got him fired (ran to Daddy Lee Daniels because Malik did something he didn’t like; forgot what it was at this moment) and written out suddenly. If you really watched that season, his killing came out of nowhere and made no sense.

  • Coffee1st

    I couldn't get past the first season neither. Well I did watch the first episode of 2nd season, then our was a wrap for me.

  • Coffee1st

    This show is silly.
    As someone already said, Howard and Henson have amazing chemistry. It's a shame that their talent and what they could have REALLY brought to the show was cast aside for this foolishness. They should have kept Malik too. He's a seasoned actor and he knows what he's doing in front of them cameras.
    Smollett is a failed and diminishing novelty. Soon enough Empire will lose ALL of its quality and the rest of it's audience. Kinda feel like this will be Terrance and Taraji's "Bootylicious". (Beyonce is terribly embarrassed of that song, and has verbalized regret many times, although it was wildly popular - is what I mean by that statement.)

  • Chapter29Chick

    So the finale bottomed out for a bottoms up actor. Got it!

  • smartchickfl

    Malik told the public Jussie was ghey( in real life) before he could reveal it himself. It was a little scandal...

  • Kay J

    I Love, Love Empire ? but Fox is gonna cancel this show ??

  • Chapter29Chick

    Lol

  • SpiceGirl

    I've been watching...but not for Jamal and Kai, but for Cookie and Damon Cross.....Oh yeah..to see who was in the casket in the FIRST episode of the season. <-------BIG Brother Andrea perhaps?? Dun dun dun dunnnnn!!!

  • Trey

    That thread title has a double meaning...LMAO

  • Sha

    You think so? I hope not, I love empire myself..

  • TwitterFingerz

    This is karma for Malik Yoba being fired. Justice was served.

  • Sha

    I myself love Empire and Star. Jussie and Mario do not sound the same but that wedding seen did go on too long.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Silly asf

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    Well Noah’s ARC was on cable. This here atrocity of a show is available without the wire.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He's crying because the show's gonna get cancelled and those Empire paychecks are going to be drying up soon.

  • Phillybruh

    Its already been approved for another season so this really doesn't matter at this point.

  • Shawty

    It was approved but he was not gonna be part of season 6

  • Phillybruh

    Change the channel, enough people watch it to warrant a 6th season.

  • Shawty

    Andrea....dying laughing

  • Phillybruh

    He'll be back for season 6

  • Shawty

    No...moving forward but not with Jussie / Jamal.

  • Shawty

    I hope so. I watch faithfully.

  • SpiceGirl

    Ok my bad....I like Andre tho.....I was just joking around to see who caught that....lmbo

  • Kayke

    Pun definitely intended ?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I didn't know that.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    This is interesting because he made it seem like they were cool. He even kinda took up for him (re the latest scandal).

  • Kanyade

    Terrance and Taraji whom have great on screen chemistry!

    ------

    they DO have great chemistry. i agree

  • Kanyade
  • Yoni7
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  • Logan Roberts

    Bussie would fit right in on the Bold and the Beautiful or something cheesy on one of Bounce TV not so funny comedy sitcoms.

  • xenaD

    Me thinking it was the final season did absolutely nothing for them... sooo

  • Kanyade

    LOL! love this

  • Jordan’s Memory

    They took him out like the first or second episode. smdh that's when Empire was good when him and Boo Boo Kitty was on there. When her and luscious was together that's when the show was at his best. But when they started giving tacky Jackie aka Cookie more shine and all that gay sex the show went down hill from there. I couldn't care less if this show stay or go, Star is better than Empire the music and storylines are way better.

  • starbright9449

    Lol

  • Topic Influencer
  • Jordan’s Memory

    I think its the oldest son. Andre would be to obvious. But I'm over those whodunit or in there case who is it.. they drag shyt out to long. I will probably get around to seeing the finale about a week or two after its over.

  • Ms. Cree
  • SpiceGirl

    You are correct! lol....they do drag stuff on and on.....With their fake cliff-hangers!

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Lol! Yes, Yes we did.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    LMAO!!!!

  • Wile E. Coli

    And to think.. those IDIOTS are begging Disney to rehire that moron.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I can totally imagine him looking like that too! lol

  • Li-Wright

    Source?

  • Li-Wright

    Is that the most recent news; because it wasn't as of yesterday.

  • Li-Wright

    Boo boo kitty was passed around too much for me. She was a high-class whore. But I didn't want her to die.

  • TwitterFingerz

    The real OG actors always get the shelf. They learned today though.

  • Andrea Williams

    Morning Yoni....Lol, Happy Friday to you. Enjoy your weekend.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Oh for sure! That's when the show started to suffer and get stupid once she broke up with luscious. I loved the rivalry between her and cookie when cookie first came home.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I bet he has given up a lot of ass for these lead roles. We all know the industry is filled with horny top execs who love some man tail and he cute too they probably constantly have him bent over. I guess you have to pay to play this dirty game don't only apply to woman, men have to sleep their way to the top sometimes too.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Thats what they get. They should have killed him off as soon as he returned. Hopefully they can bounce back from this

  • Yoni7

    GOOOOD MORNING! Same to you!

  • JazzyBossyJen

    That dude face irks my now bcuz he so ugly on the inside!

  • KcoolMuziq

    Sounds more like your fantasy.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I love Star! Its a way better show than Empire and the music is way better too. I will admit I struggled with the first season because of all that bursting into singing like they were on Glee drove me crazy! but maybe they had complaints or saw how cheesy it looked because they toned that down ALOT and started to have a real story. I do agree with you that Lethal Weapon is some garage now that they fired that dude... His name escapes me, but the chemistry between them just made the show great. Not so much with the new guy he is just weird. The other guy was more crazy but he had a fun personality to play off of Damon serious-ness. But I believe this was the last season because Damon announced he was leaving the show. The best shows I am digging right now is The Fix, Chi, and 911, Oh and Housewives of Potomac is about to start. lol It's a few others but I can't think of them right now.

  • Andrea Williams

    Good morning......I don't want Andre written out of the show. I thought that we might have passed that hurdle when the cancer treatment worked. NOW, the treatment has damaged his heart muscle and they say that he only has a few weeks to live. He wants to go out on his own terms and KILL himself. I was like well I'll just be damned! What the hell?!! Child, who knows where this is going. Maybe they can substitute Jussie when he and Kai go off on their honeymoon. Or maybe Kingsley. If it is indeed Andre, could it be that he wants to do things with his wife BooBoo Kitty? It will be interesting. Have a good day.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Ewwww I am a woman and him bending over does NOTHING for me hunny but make me want to vomit. Its more like Reality in show business. i.e. Cosby, Weinstein, R. Kelly and many many others. Its a price to pay for fame. I'm sure if he had it his way he would be showcasing his music with that horrible singing instead of having gay sex in every damn episode with a man who is HIV positive.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yep *hits remote*

  • ClaireHuxtable

    So is he supposed to be the woman in the relationship?

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Its funny you said that because he was my favorite character besides boo boo kitty, From day one when his dad put him in the trash can for wearing girl clothes, and the time he came to visit cookie in jail as a lil boy and he said he was being bullied in school, that broke my heart, and his character quickly became my favorite. and now when I look at him I'm like this pompous asshole! spoiled lil brat! I will never look at him the same again. I can care less if he stays or goes the entire show too!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Probably had to leave the set and be consoled.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    This is what's going to happened. The oldest is going to die IDK how but we don't really care because he isn't a good fit for the show anyways and he is going to be a "good match" for Andre to donate his heart to him and all will be well. The end. lol

  • KcoolMuziq

    You’re exaggerating a reality that’s nonexistent sweetie.

  • SpiceGirl

    I don't know either.....Remember...Andre doesn't even know as of yet....his "girlfriend" is with HIS child. Somehow that may change some things. I can see them getting Kingsley MORE screen time if one of the 2 ( Jamal or Andre) left the scene......guess time will tell....And I'm here for it.
    You have a great day and weekend sis.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    LMAO

  • Karen Brady

    lmao!

  • Karen Brady

    I said the same thing!

  • SweetTEE

    Did you call that man BUSSIE?!?! I. AM. DONE.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???

  • Overpower Radio

    Would anyone like to explain how him getting married is his final episode? Feel free to spoil it. He doesn't die?

  • Overpower Radio

    The show lost it's appeal way before now. Keeping or killing him wasn't gonna save it.

  • Kimisan Waya

    LMAO!!!! That face!! ???

  • davine puddin

    When they killed off andres wife i stopped watching. And what happened to Raven Simone baby?

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    people did turn the channel...that's why it was just you,, me, and 10 other folk watching.

  • Vegas1989

    I've been done. I'm just about to wash my coffee pot and cup...Had to come in for 2 hours and 40 minutes to use all 3 monitors to get my project done....

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Good Question!! Where is that child?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    I think it is because he lost his renewal contract with Empire after the "hate crime" situation that took place in Chicago.

  • Tiffany Miller

    They discovered it wasn't his baby after all.

  • Carrington

    They said Lucious paid her and she said the baby wasn’t his... but it was left open because they took her word for it.

    THIS is why I stopped watching years ago. They simply chose to opt out of any storyline continuity.

    My last season, as a fan, was the day the entire family was at the house and one of them shot and killed a dude in the living room... with all those servants and, in the next scene, they were all at the club, getting ready for a show. That was enough for me. Never mentioned the fact that there was a dead body in their house again.

    Besides, any film or show with these three scenarios loses me:

    • character stares out into space and says, “... but when I get up on that stage....”

    • Character says, “We are_______ (insert the name of family here)

    • Character attempts to encourage team and, through clenched teeth says, “it’s time to take-them-down!”

    I quit.

  • JayBird

    Bounce's original comedy shows are HORRIBLE!! All I kept thinking about is if it was really real. They remind me of those black plays that pretend to be a tv show. Atrocious.

  • Coco17

    Yeah the writing got horrible. It started not to make sense at all.

  • Coco17

    True

  • B.Loveitt

    Good...go away!

  • SoulfulLove

    I'm still tryna find Nessa

  • Let them eat cake

    preach it

  • Star

    I stopped watching over a year ago the storylines were ridiculous. Power has them beat bc they don’t leave you hanging every storyline feeds off the other. They need to cancel it.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Wow is that true!?!?

  • EyeEmJai

    Regardless, it was a TV SERIES, in fact a drama series just like Empire, no? LOL. Whether one saw Noah's ARC or not because it was aired on cable, it doesn't negate it was the first, or one of the first, TELEVISION series that presented a Black homosexual marriage. That was my point.

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  • Andrea Williams

    Thank you dear. I am here for it too cause Damon Cross is getting on my last nerve.

  • Andrea Williams

    LMAO......Well alrighty then! You mean light bright Kingsley?That could work. I wouldn't be mad.

  • SpiceGirl

    Girl me too! Uggggg

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  • Moon Lee

    I didn't watch because of the soap opera narratives. I actually stopped before the Jussie diabolical mess...?

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  • J2PC

    That has turned out to be true. Maybe it was worth a try to see if the trick would work for TV shows too. Whatever the case, it looks like ole boy will be back next season even though ratings have bottomed out. People are just fed up with the show for a number of reason. Perhaps, the network will finally cancel the show.