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.

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Jussie Smollett

After 2 days of interrogations, the Chicago Police Department released two Nigerian brothers late Friday without charges in the Jussie Smollett hate crime case. The brothers are no longer considered suspects, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who said "new evidence" has emerged.

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Jussie Smollett

The cast of Empire is filming a big funeral scene for a major character who dies on the final season of the FOX TV musical. According to Twitter users, film crews were spotted inside the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Friday.

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Empire

Fox TV has lost so much commercial ads revenue on the one-time smash hit Empire, that the program was renewed for a 4th season to recoup the losses.

According to TV by the Numbers, Empire's ratings have fallen steadily since the debut season, but it's still the No. 1 drama (and No. 2 show overall) among adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks.

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Empire Season 3 Episode 1

Last night's Empire season 3 opener took up where season 2 left off. Pregnant Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) and Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday) fought in a duel to the death.

The sociopath, Anika, already killed Rhonda's baby to secure her unborn baby's rightful spot as heir to the Lyon empire.

Click the link to see which one of these ladies will haunt your dreams this season on Empire.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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