Multiple reports signal that Jussie Smollett, the actor arrested today in Chicago for faking his own hate crime, will very soon lose his job on the hit Fox series “Empire.”
“We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process,” Fox tweeted. “We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.”
“We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” – STATEMENT FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION AND FOX ENTERTAINMENT
— 20th Century Fox TV (@20centuryfoxTV) February 21, 2019
From The Daily Caller:
After previously standing by him, 20th Century Fox is now “considering its options” regarding “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. …
20th Century Fox has steadfastly supported Smollett since the allegations surfaced, but appears to be changing its tune, at least partially, now that Smollett has been officially arrested. As recently as Wednesday, the network had praised Smollett as a “consummate professional,” and denied reports that his scenes were being cut out of the hit show.
The network, as well as mainstream media organizations, has faced intense criticism over its handling of the initial allegations made by Smollett in which the actor claimed that he was assaulted by supporters of President Donald Trump, who screamed “This is MAGA country” — a reference to Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
— Cher Aultman (@Cher352) February 21, 2019
Translation : We are evaluating whether keeping Jussie on the show will be more or less profitable and we will render our decision once we’ve crunched the numbers.
— 𝔗𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔒𝔥𝔦𝔬 𝔐𝔢𝔱𝔞𝔩 𝔊𝔲𝔶 (@MeighanDwayne) February 21, 2019
What is there to even think about @20thcenturyfox 20th? He wasted the valuable time of the Chicago Police, wanted to ignite a race war and you have to evaluate it?
— Cynnabun (@cynnabun73) February 21, 2019
after evaluating the situation, I’ve determined you should fire this terrible person so you don’t look awful. There. Free crisis management.
— Devon Pierce (@Zenbridge) February 21, 2019
It is an outrgage that Rosanne Barr was fired over a tweet and Jussie remains on the show (even temporarily)! What a double standard..
— trakela (@tenarakela) February 21, 2019
he not only concocted this whole thing, he then went on NATIONAL TV AND LIED TO THE COUNTRY,
and you’re still considering options?
Not watching FOX anything anymore,
There should be nothing to consider, and the fact that he hasn’t been fired yet its a disgrace. #goodbyeFOX
— Dusty Bottoms 🇺🇸 (@bottoms_dusty) February 21, 2019
How long does it take to fire @JussieSmollett after seeing and hearing all the facts?!
— GodBlessUSA (@Jules74750209) February 21, 2019
One word: race
— Jennifer (@iLoveYouElote) February 21, 2019
He should be fired immediately…
People like Jussie are the problem with this ugly world and why we will always be divided.#JussieSmollettHoax
— Jordan (@Jord_45) February 21, 2019
There’s more, from The Daily Wire:
The walls are quickly closing in on actor Jussie Smollett, who now faces the possibility of either being suspended or written off the show, “Empire,” after being charged with a felony by Chicago P.D. for allegedly staging his own “hate crime.”
According to an exclusive at Variety, Fox is now openly considering removing the actor from “Empire.”
“Sources close to the production told Variety that producers are weighing whether to suspend the actor after he was charged Wednesday in Chicago with filing a false police report,” reports the outlet. “A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series, declined to comment. Smollett’s status on the show may change amid a fluid legal situation.” …
To be continued…
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