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Jussie Smollett will not return to Fox Television's Empire if the series is renewed. According to Star magazine, the 36-year-old actor begged Fox executives not to terminate his contract.

Smollett's final episode last week featured his character, Jamal Lyon, tying the knot in a same-sex wedding. Viewers tuned out in droves, giving the episode the lowest ratings of the series.

Smollett told police he was beaten by two Trump supporters who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him outside his Chicago condo in January.

The troubled actor was arrested in February and later charged with 16 felony disorderly conduct counts for making a false police report. But in a strange twist, Chicago's top prosecutor Kim Foxx dropped all charges against the actor, essentially wiping his slate clean.

But if Smollett thought his legal troubles were behind him, he was sadly mistaken. His political connections in Chicago only made his life worse.

"Jussie thought he'd get to ride it out," an insider tells Star magazine. The source added that the actor held private meetings with creator Lee Daniels and begged for his job.

"He thinks he's way too important. Jussie always felt the show would send an important message to the world if his character, the gay son, continued the family's legacy. Being written off wasn't anything he ever imagined."

Smollett also lost a coveted lead role in the Broadway play Take Me Out. The Tony Award-winning play explores homophobia, racism, classism and toxic masculinity in men's sports.

Smollett, who is biracial and openly ghey, was set to play the lead role of Darren Lemming, a mixed-race professional baseball player who decides to come out of the closet at the peak of his career.

The actor was in New York City to audition for the role 12 hours before he staged a hate crime with two Nigerian-American brothers.

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  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    The source added that the actor held private meetings with creator Lee Daniels and begged for his job.
    *sprays self with holy water* I hope the casting couch wasn't as ugly as the one leather face is sitting on downstairs

  • Chicagowise

    He literally and figuratively put that rope around his own neck.

  • Trey

    straight clown....he's done

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Just dont care for this story anymore ? he lied and believes his own lies

    We dont care anymore

    People still watching this show?

  • mzwhang90210

    The source added that the actor held private meetings with creator Lee Daniels and begged for his job.
    I wonder if Lee Daniels had a blanket draped across his shoulders as he told Jussie no??

  • joel adams

    Jussie thought this hoax would fill seats at the play, boost his status for ghey media/community, bring more viewers to empire (just for him), create a BUZZ for his album and launch his career into A list status in Hollywood
    Chile, auntie beeeeeeeeen callled this OUT when she broke the news

  • mzwhang90210


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  • Tinytoon

    Please cancel this show. Crying Wuss being fired will not bring back more viewers.

  • Seldomseen

    Like he at a campfire

  • Solstice


  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Hey boo *kissyface* ((((hugs))))) that bytch is still fierce hun with that flat wrap lol Hope all is well luv :)

  • Toni Toni Toni

    RIGHT. Make it stop please.. That and R kelly stories

  • Keyshia Ray

    Oh well....He got on my nerves on there anyway. Ijs.

  • KneeSee

    The show just isn't good anymore. Period.

  • MsPam

    RIP John Singleton.

  • Trey

    My daughter happened to walk in the room when the wedding scene was on and she made a stank face when she saw them kissing...she is 5...LMAO

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  • Realhiphopsearch

    Good riddance.
    About time

  • Treasureme

    "the actor held private meetings with creator Lee Daniels and begged for his job"
    Was he on his kn..... you know what.... nope.

  • bemetoo

    On his knees back stomach all fours head down ass up

  • Soda

    Well, I guess that "power lunch" he was seen having with the Empire bigwigs last week wasn't what the starstruck commenter here thought it was.

  • Treasureme

    Man come on the Lord's day was just yesterday, don't do this lmbo!!!

  • Victorious82

    Watch the show get cancelled anyway and all this ado was about nothing. Lol.

  • Renee26

    They cured Andre's cancer to put Jamal in that casket ?

  • bemetoo

    You and I both know it’s true ??

  • Renee26

    Giggles... That's his diva cape chile

  • Alextra Ballard

    Jusstine gon somewhere! Yew envented a bold face lie,yew refuse to acknowledge and apologize for the lie, now you’re unemployed. Thee End

  • jujumanji

    You lost me at Star Magazine..

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • Yup, I said it

    Every time I see him I want to go get a Subway sandwich.

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  • mzwhang90210

    *hugs Renee*

  • Li-Wright

    Nah, Lee didn't fire him. Disney/Fox fired him. Lee would have kept him on, but I'm sure the execs above said nope.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Jessie, (“From now on, you’re Jessie from now on. You don’t even get the ‘U’ no more. That ‘U’ was respect.") *Chris Rock voice*
    was it worth it and next time thiiiiiink it throouuugh.

  • 100milesperhour

    Yt people can't stand the sight of him...huge fail if boosting his status in ghey media was his goal.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Just noticed Yashere in the background looking like, "nig, please. Hurry up with those lame azz lines. I never liked your azz anyway. You think you really are EMPIRE."

  • KcoolMuziq

    Star is not a very credible magazine. They're one of the ones(the other one I won't name hmmm) that said Prince had AIDS. Which was a COMPLETE BOLD FACE LIE!

  • GAPeach

    Who still watches this? I stopped after season 2.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Poor Juss, I don't think he had a prominent role before this one, and I don't think he will have one after this for a few years. At 36 years old, plus Hollywood is always looking for the next new 20 year old, he's pretty much done. Maybe he will be in independent films or something, but nothing major for a long time to come. At this point he can only hope he doesn't go to jail.

  • Victorious82

    I still watch. I’m loyal. It got good again and then it got corny after the winter break. They need consistency with the writers. Seems like they hired a whole new writing staff over the break and went a different direction with the storylines.

  • TheOwley

    Because of him the Smollett name is mudd. I bet when any of the siblings get hired they will be told that Jussie is not part of a package deal and to not bring his name up for any participation in the project.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    They MAY bring it back just to see if the ratings will get better since Jessie is actually fired. Imo the writing is the problem. Ever since they started telling the Lyons story backwards the last two seasons I've lost interest.

  • GAPeach

    I just moved on to a whole different set of shows. Empire was just all over the place, and it was annoying me. Keep watching though sis, they need jobs.

  • KLove

    WOW....his whole plot backfired...epic fail......he wanted to boost his profile, and instead lost two lucrative jobs.....tryna be greedy...there was a better way to go about asking for a raise lol

  • Elevated Soul

    Jussie truly destroyed himself and he used his hate for President Trump to do it,but it backfired on his lying butt...

    I hear dude isn't really even gay either. Jussie will do anything for money including being a bottom for industry execs.

  • Eileen

    go away please...

  • hottlanta

    Please sandy let him b like ciara n go away.

  • hottlanta

    Got any raid sitting around.

  • mzwhang90210

    See, THAT's why I miss being able to post our own gifs. Bc I have one of Lee with his blanket shawl that would've been perfect. ??

  • Renee26

    We can blame the pervs and Russians for taking our privileges

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  • Christopher Gibson

    So very true.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    He may want to invest in a subway franchise because they are going for the low . It may b awhile before he gets another acting gig. Those royalty checks ain’t that much I’ve heard.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Writing has always been terrible and only guest stars carried the show for so long and that doesn’t work , because story is king. I ain’t watched that Bullshit since season 1 .

    I was just happy to see Terrance Howard back in the spotlight after marvel fucked up his career with the iron man franchise.

  • Chhzz

    Ciara leveled up. Might have rested but came back harder.

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  • mzwhang90210

    I see what you did there.??

  • mzwhang90210

    Or about to sit in his rocking chair and knit?

  • Chhzz

    Or lube to get one last taste of booty

  • Ghost

    ??? don’t feel sorry for him...

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I pray this man dont commit suicide. It's too many famous people dying. I'm sure it's something else he can do, in the industry. Maybe not in front of the camera. Maybe produce, edit or write fables. I don't know. Hopefully he'll see the silver lining in all of this and learn from his mistakes. Theres a light at the end of each tunnel.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    Boy, did this backfire on him.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Not AT ALL!!! HIS ARROGANCE! Should've fell back and conceded and blame it on some mental schit!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Like Chris Rock said.. all that light skin and curly hair gone to waste! LLS

  • NeverSurprised

    Exactly. People think Daniels is the decision-maker when in fact it's the network execs. At Fox, it would have been Jonnie Davis, President of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox Television. And even Davis must answer to his bosses Disney. Lee doesn't have squat to say in a decision of this magnitude. Jussie was an albatross that was costing the company money. And in Hollywood, the only thing more important than the gay agenda is the $$$$$$ agenda.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    If it’s true, it’s good news! He’s getting everything he deserves!!!

  • Li-Wright

    I don't know if MONEY was the issue, but certainly the ongoing headlines everyday coming out of Chicago. OT: I didn't like his character on Empire anyway, I had tired of him. And didn't think he was that good a singer. You can hear his voice in any church choir.

  • hottlanta

    Please she gonna wind up Like wendy .Men are not meant .2 b praised as an accomplishment. Give it time it is coming. U supposed 2 b happy but this hero relationship worship is a bit much. Women been finding other men for years.

  • MrsSpice1

    Yea Them white folks dropped all his charges for a reason...they knew his own ppl(black & lgbt) especially would punish him worst!!! As if many white ppl havent been making false claims on black ppl for centuries to this day....i also believe he didnt plot that bs on his own. Empire sucks anyway he will recover for now he just need to fall back out of the spotlight!

  • sunni_daze

    The cast was to supportive, which was the first clue he was being fired. All the he's not getting fired post were the second clue, he was being fired.

  • Logan Roberts

    Welp Subway is always hiring.

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  • Jane Leslie Kreisman

    Just re-brand as, "Soap on a Rope"

  • onelove

    oh well!! i'm sure he vested his money well....

  • The Art

    Jussie is bad for business and Lee doesn't make the final casting decisions. He should've just admitted to the lie, apologized, faced the embarrassment, and moved on.

  • AListDiva29

    The big networks up fronts are soon, so we will see who is canceled or not soon. I think this will definitely be Empire's last season. Jussie is just bad for Fox and I'm sure Lee Daniels is going to get flack if he hasn't already for choosing to support him. He'll be lucky if he ever gets a roll in Hollyweird again!

  • Blak

    That loser third rate actor is getting what he deserves. The brothers need to sue him so everything comes because we can't let people get away with bs like this

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  • BallsJustFloppinRound

    Damn it just registered for me how he is really 36 ? bitch I’m 25 and people tell me I look 30-something ?

  • Lindac

    They all need to move on and cancel the show. Show had nothing to offer except people trying to get over on others. Black people are better than that. FOX is a Republican Station not putting our people in a good light.

  • Trace da Ace

    welp....ain't they 50/50 in renewing anyways???? I dont think they are going to renew it....cause it has become so boring and lackluster.....

    I dont feel sorry for him anyways.....he created this whole he has to deal with it.....BU BYE JUSSIE!!

  • Bdot

    Proud to say I've never watched an episode. I guess now he'll have time to focus on being the gay Tupac

  • Steve Cars

    He's a looser, a hater and a racist. A sick f.... He was going to cause a lot of hatred. We all need to get along and be friendly.

  • KcoolMuziq

    "Empire" has OFFICIALLY been renewed for season 6...

  • blue skies

    idiot thats what he gets

  • Og kreeper

    About time! Hope he is blackballed.every time I saw him on empire he made me sick.glad he is gone

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  • Midnight

    I agree with you. He will be a dark cloud wherever he goes and I can’t imagine anyone wanting him around.

  • Midnight

    I’m sick of Taraji defending him. She’s making herself look stupid. This is a time to just keep your mouth shut.

  • Midnight

    He makes me NOT wanna eat Subway ever again. He’s Jared level now. Subway needs to scrub themselves clean of this fool.

  • Midnight

    It’s one of those scenarios where he thinks if he continues the charade his lies will become truth. But the truth is, he will never shake this. Seriously, anyone who doesn’t believe the FACTS of this debacle needs to see the same psychiatrist that Jessie should be seeing.

  • Midnight

    ...and kept it there.

  • Gerry Watson

    anywhere i see him working i will turn right around and walk out

  • Gerry Watson

    MrsSpice1.. ur life will be very difficult if you have this hard a time telling if a person is lying.....especially after all thats come out....

  • Gerry Watson

    He is not famous.... hes only a flash in the its ok whatever he does...its his bed, he made it