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Lee Daniels says he is embarrassed by his initial public show of support for former Empire star Jussie Smollett.

Daniels was unwavering in his support for the actor who told police he was ambushed outside his Chicago condo by 2 Trump supporters in January.

The openly homosexual Empire co-creator and director claims he is "beyond embarrassed" by his public support for the narcissistic actor.

Daniels, 59, told Vulture website that when Smollett first reported he was attacked for being homosexual and biracial, he was inclined to believe him because he, too, endured hate over his sexual lifestyle.

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Even after Smollett, 33, was arrested and charged with lying to police, Daniels remained a strong vocal supporter, referring to Smollett as "my son."

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Now Daniels claims he is "beyond embarrassed" by his stunning lack of insight. Still, he insists he isn't sure if Smollett staged the attack on himself.

"I'm telling you that because I love him so much," Daniels said. "That's the torture that I'm in right now, because it's literally if it were to happen to your son and your child, how would you feel? You would feel, 'Please, God, please let there be that glimmer of hope that there is some truth in this story.' That's why it's been so painful. It was a flood of pain."

Daniels said he stopped calling Smollett because he was "too busy putting out fires."

"I had to detach myself and stop calling him, because it was taking away the time I have for my kids, the time I have for my partner," Daniels said. "It was affecting my spirit and other shows, everything."

The LGBT+ community is not happy with Daniels' betrayal. They say it is interesting that Daniels had a change of heart after 2 of his television projects - Empire and Star - were cancelled.

Many say Daniels kicked Smollett to the curb to save his own career.

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  • luVn_liFe…

    I know he is embarrassed .. meh tighten your belt and move on.

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong

    "Many say Daniels kicked Smollett to the curb to save his own career."

    As he should've... the the allegations are real.

  • Applebootay

    Really tho....we know the real reason...if supporting him was going to affect his coins....now both his shows canceled....TUH

  • MsSapphire9800

    I would had did the same thing...Why support a lie and loose your money....he supported him until the end..Smoolett never told the truth or apologize for the untruth. So Daniels decided to protect his own interest...he will probably help him pay back the city on the low.

  • Seldomseen

    These two again

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile whatever Lee

  • Blak

    A shady Queen...what's new?

  • 2gr8ful

    I knew he was going to detach sooner or later. But the other shows he is referring to that it affected, Star was not interesting anyway don’t blame Jussie for that. ROFL...

  • DeepThinker

    He’s got to say whatever for massa to put him back on. Somewhere Monique is shaking her head in private. Ump ump ump

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Ya'll know Monique azz somewhere bout to have her a new segment on her show .... smh she full of shyt too by the way https://media0.giphy.com/media/ZqlvCTNHpqrio/giphy.gif All they azzes full of shyt!!!! This is quicksand !!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    This shameless hussey ain't embarrassed!?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Chiiiillll

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hey Nan <3

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • Blaque Mahogany

    "I had to detach myself and stop calling him, because it was taking away the time I have for my kids, the time I have for my partner," Daniels said. "It was affecting my spirit and other shows, everything."
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    In other words, he was no longer of any value so there was no need for you to continue to pretend to care. Because if he was in deed like a son, or even a friend for that matter, you would have made time for him. One incident/lie wouldn't have caused you to abandon your "son".

    That being said, I cant stand a liar azz liar.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    He started counting his coins and realized it was detachment time.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Ole FUDDY DUDDY ARSE NUCCAS... AND TBH, WHO WOULDN'T DISTANCE THEMSELVES IF THEIR CAREER AND MONEY WAS ON THE LINE..... THERE WOULD BE HIGHYWAYS AND BYWAYS BETWEEN ME AND THE NEXT IF MY LIVELY HOOD WAS THREATENED!!!

  • laidbackgal4real

    Embarrassed ???? Lee got jokes

  • dru and neil

    Wellll there’s no need to go down with Jussie’s ship...Jussie can ride that lie as long as he likes but anyone still believing him is just making a fool of themselves at this point.

  • Michelle

    LMFAO!

  • Peppermint Patty

    Aye, she is full of it but she did call these folk out and they have all taken hits slowly but showly(as us kuntry folk say) I just waiting to see what happens to tyler... it's often said things happen in 3's

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I ain't ever on that demon woman side ... fugg Monique

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    BET will pick up his shows once Fox is done with him.

  • lovelygamour

    sounds like daniels is trying to blame smollet for his bad writing and producing. its not smollet fault that daniels didnt capitalize on all the press. he couldve tastefully pushed star and empire. the fact that he didnt means they had no storyline.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Well damn....You ain't gotta be on her side to see the truth in some of the things she's said

  • The Art

    Lee did what any good friend would do: he took his friend's word, supported him, and defended him. Now he's paying for it. It's just horrible that Jussie was no friend to Lee or anyone else and would rather let all these people crash and burn than to just admit that he lied and apologize. Selfish!

  • Bree

    You can't win when you're dirty. I always try to use discernment when dealing with people and their issues. Folks cry wolf all the time. Jumping in that water might cost you your life.

  • WhoKnew

    Well stated.

  • imright

    Lee Daniels is creepy af

  • ClaireHuxtable

    S@tan's minions don't get embarrassed.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Lol! Who KNEW Ms Sandra would stay late to post this??

    Lee Daniels is a CERTIFIED Beech???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • ClaireHuxtable

    If he Never made another movie or tv show I'd be alright.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Some people are soo blatant with their nastiness. Lee is such a serpent!
    https://media3.giphy.com/media/RJAjTowsU0K1a/giphy.gif

  • bemetoo

    Yasss she is one who is not to be trusted

  • DeJeri

    Is it me or do those pictures of them together look romantic?? I never watched Empire, but I don't know how ANYONE could believe Jesssie's story.

  • Eileen

    There is nothing normal or love is love about two men kissing and doing abominable things behind closed doors. Nasty!

  • Malificent

    Do fathers kiss their sons on the lips and nuzzle their necks?

  • Yup, I said it

    Lol Wayne and Baby do. Its some more of that Hollyweird type ish.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Me too lololol

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    He looks like he is a sexual harasser like you want this role? Then show big daddy ?

  • Renee

    Well, just wait until the other embarrassments present themselves!

  • currvalicious

    Of course he's embarrassed now. It hurt his bottom line, no pun intended. I personally can't stand Lee Daniel's asz anyways.

  • Coy little wink

    Fake azz hoes ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    I agree. Now he’s backtracking.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Exactly! Next we'll be talking about #geymetoomovement

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He always looks like he's cooking up something deviant.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Lee managed to run 2 tv shows in the ground with his ego and messiness. Empire was good the 1st season but he was so hype about everybody begging to get on the show. He crammed all those people and dumb plots in there. Then he lost a lot of viewers with the crazy sex scenes. If it wasn’t Jamal ramming somebody it was Andre and his ghost wife. Trying to pay LGBTQ politics got both shows cancelled. Now he’s backtracking. Those execs are probably tired of him.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Predator daddies

  • JuneTEETH

    Lee is really sucking Jussie's tongue. Cheeks all caved in.

  • Wreckognize Game

    ?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Could have been a great show. Waay too much all at one time.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Looks like more than 'just friends' to me.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Lee had something to do with that 'Subway Beatdown' story too!

  • R in NYC

    That first photo confirms to me that Miss Jussie has been passed around that industry. The second photo Lee all up on his neck like he can't wait to get him back to the hotel and bend him over.

  • Logan Roberts

    Sandra I thought this was a "family" blog. I did not need to see Lee & Jussie sucking...face ?

  • stav

    Yeeeees!

  • stav

    He's apologizing to the gay mafia!

  • fRAktal Reality

    Yuck!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    "Jussie and I both share the same feeling that, yes, even though we are gay, we’re sexual human beings...And we do occasionally want to sleep with a woman. [Laughs] Maybe once every 10 or 15 years, but it happens! And there are a lot of people who don’t want to hear about that. It’s such a complicated conversation. It's not necessarily the body one is attracted to. You can be sexually attracted to the spirit, the energy, the life force in another person. We're showing life on Empire, and I won't apologize for it."

  • currvalicious

    I love this...and it reminds me of the Mo'Niwue situation w/Daniels, how he dumped her.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Jenie Boo!!!?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    'Nee!?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Not ever!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This a fool not only that a predator ..... gross

  • abby500

    Sandra’s article pictures are LEGENDARY. The shade is delicious!!!

  • missmiami305

    What in THE ENTIRE HELL @ that pic??.
    Auntie Lawd hammercy your candid sense of humor is why I adore you.

  • missmiami305

    Lawd hammercy my face when I saw it? https://media1.giphy.com/media/Vu8nIaC6rSVi/giphy.gif

  • Mo Laughz

    Yes she lied, stealed, and killed her way to the top like the rest of em. Turned her nose up at "the chitlin circuit" comediennes she came up with, wouldn't spit on them if they were on fire. When she "made it" to that upper echelon, them folks treated her like the help. Goodnight. Irene.

  • Tlowe89

    Not all families look the same

  • Kimberly King

    I've never seen a single episode of Star or Empire. I highly doubt FOX cancelled the shows because of the shenanigans Smollett pulled.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    amen she ain't shyt either .... and want ever get a cosign from my azz #Blewp!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/pALdWfmPKCtlC/giphy.gif Then Sandra post da shyt and sits ret back in her chair and be like (Get em Roses) lololololololol

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Empires rating keep dropping. I’m sure that has something to do with why it was canceled.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    ?

  • Meme

    Lol at cheeks all caved in

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I never watched either anywho soo.. okay..

  • Brown & Proud

    They up there looking like a WHOLE couple. Lee is up there on his neck letting everyone know that hes been there, done that.

  • Wreckognize Game

    The morning wood and glory? I think she literally does Rotfl at herself.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    They have Clearly crossed the boundaries of "employer/employee".
    It will cost them both more than they could have imagined.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hilarious

  • oshh16

    New post.

  • JustB

    Well even if he did step away to save his career...that's what he was supposed to do...you cant let another person bring you down...chit that was his fake son

  • Renee26

    Definitely

  • Kanyade

    Morning roses

  • Renee26

    Hey Nancybew!!

  • Wreckognize Game

    Sorry, I read part of your last sentence wrong. That was his fvck son.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Morning?

  • KcoolMuziq

    Lee Daniels(whom started out as a casting director for Prince's(r.i.p) ground breaking movie Purple Rain) is just doing damage control for his career reputation.

  • DeepThinker

    I stopped watching after season one. It was all too much. Especially Cookie such over the top sapphire stereotype.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Morning?

    Yet ANOTHER DR death ?

    Real estate powerbroker and “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran says her brother was found dead inside his Dominican Republic hotel room, the latest in a string of mysterious deaths of American tourists visiting the island.

    Corcoran, 70, told TMZ that her brother John, 60, was found dead of a heart attack in April by a friend who was sharing the suite with him.

    John Corcoran was a retired New Jersey roofing contractor. Corcoran said he was one her nine siblings. She told the website her brother had a big personality and was her “favorite brother.”

    He was in the country on his yearly vacation, she said.

    Corcoran said no autopsy has been done on her brother but she was told he suffered a heart attack.

    Since June 2018, six American tourists have been found dead in the Dominican Republic. Two were found at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, and four others are Bahia Principe resorts. Three were heart attacks with one from pulmonary edema.

    It was unclear if Corcoran died at one of the same hotels where the six others were found dead.

    There was no funeral, but a memorial service is planned soon, according to TMZ.

    Dominican officials have called the deaths isolated, but they have hired a crisis management public relations firm to tamp down the bad publicity, the website said.

    Teams of experts and inspectors from several international agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have conducted tests at the Bahia Principe properties where some of U.S. tourists died.

    Some of the tourists consumed a beverage from the room minibar before becoming suddenly ill, according to reports.

    Among those who died were Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day of Maryland, who were found dead in their room on May 30 by a resort employee. Prior to their deaths, they had posted photos on social media saying they were enjoying their vacation.

  • EasyBreezy

    And this is the ONLY thing he is embarrassed about?

  • EasyBreezy

    These pictures.....Auntie... you slay me!

  • Yardgirl

    Morning! That is a hard movie to watch. Funny story, I saw it in the theater and in one of the very tense scenes, the woman in front of me kept digging into a cellophane bag (crinkle crinkle CRINKLE) All of a sudden the woman beside her screamed "CAN YOU STOP WITH THE DAMN NOISE!!" It was a saltine vs saltine battle so I did not give a fawk but I did chuckle because it broke the tension lol

  • Guest

    Why this picture tho Auntie? It's too early!

    O.T. Congrats Cassie and Alex Fine!

  • Topic Influencer

    Well Lee. This is what happens when you support bullshit hun. https://media1.giphy.com/media/iEm2b0AI1LPgY/giphy.gif

  • Alextra Ballard

    looking at the those pix......those tew went waaay beyond just kissin. They way tew comfortable

  • NewNew

    Wow

  • Yardgirl

    People need to start doing their research before going to some of these islands!! DR is and has always been very dangerous!! Word in the news this morning is that Ortiz had a hit put out on him for the grand total of $8000 (actually $7K+) That is how little they value human life in that country!! AND there were 8 suspects involved,so that $1,000 a piece?? SMH

  • JustB

    Bahahaha

  • KcoolMuziq

    My friend(whom hotel room & his friends rooms also was robbed of their belongings) went there a few weeks ago and but thank God brought his own drinks,

  • Guest

    The sad thing is, is that they could probably have it done for even cheaper.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Lol

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile.... That is fairly expensive down there considering you can get someone killed in the states for about 1k

  • Yardgirl

    Poverty = willing to do anything for money. I am good going to the beaches in the US if I need some sand and sun. Mexico?? Oh hell to the no no no!! Our engineers and inspectors are advised that they are to get in and get out when they have to go there. Anyone going should stay in their resort periodT!!

  • Yardgirl

    There is no regard for life anywhere!! SMH

  • SpillyNillie

    She so cute...

  • Topic Influencer

    She is such a doll. I love her aura

  • Topic Influencer

    His ass need to be embarrassed about how Dame Dash walked up on him at Muvah Diana concert and owned him in front of thousands in person and then millions world wide when that clip dropped.

  • Topic Influencer

    EXACTLY how I picture it too J lmaooo.Be like let me post this. AND done https://media2.giphy.com/media/IbUUbU4xUDJWcgGMGP/giphy.gif

  • Kanyade

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lordy lol

    I had thought about rewatching to really view it again. Pretty much all of his films are hard to watch...Tough content.

  • Dowoop

    Lee could have been sucking a woman's face and I still would not have wanted to see it.

  • hottlanta

    Please will kill you for a biscuit n a ham sandwich n keep it moving.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ??????? that's Sandra

  • Wile E. Coli

    Looks like Daniels was hit with a Smoletoff Cocktail!

  • heavn_sent

    My BF just texted me that his friend is going for 6 days. I told him HE'S A WHOLE FOOL.. I blame the wife. She needs to take charge and shut that trip DOWN.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I now understand the term “hostage tv watching” I heard that on a radio show, possibly Charlemagne. I wanted to stop watching but already checked in, so I kept watching. The season with Demi Moore and Lucious with no memory was the worse to me. But I liked her daughter’s singing and scenes. ?????

  • Sacha

    I just wanna know if Jussie and Lee were ever lover's.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    He basically saying stand by Smollett and loose his career, and continue to fuk him. or save his career by turning his back on him and he will never be able to fuk him again, This man is struggling with good sex or money. This man gives me so many creepy vibes! And poor Smollett I know that ass was passed all around Hollywood. He better find him a sugar daddy and lay low for a few years until this goes away.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    A grand can go a loooong way in the DR hell he could have asked a South East, DC Ninja to do it for a new pair of Jordan's that's how ignorant they are. smdh

  • Alextra Ballard

    lawwd hav merci....somebidy put a hit out onna man ova some poosay? or was it ova somethig else?

  • Alextra Ballard

    This fiasco refuses to die because it's messy

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I know these two fucked before but isn't Lee to old for him?

  • Yardgirl

    Daayum! Sad.

  • Yardgirl

    Yep. I actually bought the movie years ago on sale and have yet to watch it. Tough one.

  • EasyBreezy

    Chile......

  • EasyBreezy

    Indeed!

  • EasyBreezy

    Correction..... and bend over... (IMO)

  • EasyBreezy

    Happy serpent.....

  • EasyBreezy

    Thank goodness. Cassie has FINALLY, TRULY moved on.....

  • SpiceGirl

    This pic of them sucking face looks gross! Like dude is really sucking a kiss off Jussies face!

  • Trace da Ace

    I refuse to indulge in the fuckery that is Juicy Jussie and Deceiving Daniella.....both of them can kick rocks in their socks....this basket of lies has carried on to long.....its the middle of year...time to move on.....

  • Logan Roberts

    I have gay family members & I still don't want to see it.

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • DeepThinker

    In the DR you don’t work you don’t eat. Average islander makes about 400 a month. I’m sure Ortíz could have gotten someone to do it for $100.

  • Prince Zuko

    But that's what whole show has been about Jamal Lyon sucking faces off every actor willing to play ghey

  • Mz_Opinionated

    WTF is going on here?! ??

  • Bashi22

    Just by looking at those photos of them together no powers in or under the earth ? cannot tell they don’t hookup.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Nugga yew think yew embrassed now....wait until the entire truth comes out about yew having full knowledge about Jessie’s hoax.

  • Let them eat cake

    groundbreaking

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Nasty, wretched, slimy serpent

  • Alextra Ballard

    It’s a lot more to this soap opera

  • Myopinion

    He knew what the deal was with Jussie...he stay throwing folks under the bus. If you are a loyal friend don't say anything publicly, talk to your friend and encourage him to do what's right if it's true...

  • Alextra Ballard

    Some friends and I were going in Oct. That shidt has been shut all the way down

  • Alextra Ballard

    Ms. Rose rarely disappoints

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile those pix tells the story....it tells me Jussie is passive and submissive. Lee is aggressive. Jussie is the bottom and Lee is the pitcher

  • Alextra Ballard

    I was lookin for some tongue...but they saved that for lata

  • Alextra Ballard

    Hell yea!!

  • hi-liter

    Is that pic real up there with Jussie and Lee kissing, or is that one of them deep state pics?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    4REAL!!

  • Goodii2Shoes

    pics in this post are giving 100% 'pedophile behavior gone mainstream' vibes. And Lee keeps referring to the other one as a relative.eww

  • Overpower Radio

    Star was better than Empire.

  • MRiGOThim

    saving his own ass I see O_o