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Writers Of ‘Empire’ Taunt Public After Smollett Charges Dropped

Ah, Hollywood, where character matters.

After news broke on Tuesday that the prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case had dropped charges against the star of the show “Empire,” writers for the show gloated about the turn of events, taunting the public with this tweet:

An executive producer for “Empire,” Diana Ademu-John, echoed, “You’ve just watched a truly good person get dragged through the gutter. I am so happy he’s been exonerated before any more damage was done, but make no mistake. Damage was done.”

The Mercury News reported, “JaNeika James, a chief story editor for the Fox drama, added in an Instagram post: ‘WE LOVE YOU JUSSIE!!! Thank you for ALWAYS standing in your truth #truthwillalwaysprevail.’”

Fox, the studio and network behind “Empire,” stated, “Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified on his behalf that all charges against him have been dismissed.”

On March 13, Entertainment Weekly published a piece in which they interviewed “Empire” executive producer Brett Mahoney, who said of the Smollett situation, “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. You have someone in your family who’s going through this, while at the same time, we’re shooting the final episodes of the season, which are also just heightened emotionally. So it was a lot to deal with and a lot to go through, but we’re really just focused on finishing strong. We’re in our last week of production and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done this season, and hopefully the fans will really engage with these back nine episodes.”

On February 22, the day after Smollett was arrested, the producers of the show, including co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, along with Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer, announced that Smollett’s character would not appear in the last two episodes of the season. After he was released on bail, Smollett had returned to the set of the show to start filming scenes. The producers stated, “While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. 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.”

Mahoney said of writing Smollett out of the last two episodes of the season, “It was a very difficult decision, but I think in terms of allowing the cast and the crew to really get the work done without a great deal of disruption in terms of the day-to-day and the stress of the day-to-day, and, in addition, allowing Jussie the time to really deal with what he’s been confronted with and allow him the time to focus and prepare his case, this seems like the logical decision to make.”

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