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Producers of the 20th Century Fox Television show “Empire” have decided to remove actor Jussie Smollett from the final two episodes of the latest season following the actor’s arrest on Thursday.
“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” the executive producers of “Empire” said in a joint statement Friday.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” they said. “We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”
Jussie Smollett’s character on “Empire” written out of last 2 episodes of the current season. New statement below: pic.twitter.com/LFDOkVHLsd
— Brendon Geoffrion (@tv_brendon) February 22, 2019
Twentieth Century Fox Television says it is removing Jussie Smollett’s character from final two episodes of ‘Empire’ https://t.co/7d7KK6I6Ye
— CNBC (@CNBC) February 22, 2019
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