After Arrest, Jussie Smollett Is About To Lose His Job On ‘Empire’

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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.”

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:

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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