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EMPIRE's Lee Daniels First Drops Expletives On Television Academy For Emmy Snubs & Later Clarifies He Was Joking Relating: "I Love The Emmys!"

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On Thursday the 67th Primetime Emmys nominations were announced, and the hit Fox sudsy hit-hop drama, Empire did not score a nod in the Outstanding Drama Series category, it also failed to get any other acting nominations except for female lead Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, with most notably missing Terrence Howard (Luscious).

Empire creator Lee Daniels after learning of the Empire snubs took to his Instagram account with his arm around Empire co-star Jussie Smollett and related the F-Bomb to the Television Academy!  However,  hours later  Daniel went back online and to social media to clarify his remarks in a much more subdued fashion saying the first post was just a joke.

The EP remarked:  “Some of these people got nothing else better to do than hate on me for having fun.  I was having fun. I love the Emmys, and I am excited about my cast and crew that got nominated and for the other people that got nominated for Emmys.  So haters, shut up and go to bed.”  The series received three nominations total, which was quite shocking given it was a critical and ratings blockbuster this past television season!

Watch Daniels Instagram posts after the jump! Then let us know, where you pissed off that Empire did not score more nods? What did you think of the EP’s social media posts to the TV Academy? Comment below!

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  1. Timmm

    July 17, 2015 at 8:28 am

    A classless jerk!

  2. su0000

    July 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I really don’t have an opinion because I don’t know which people/shows were nominated in the Outstanding Drama Series category other than Empire.
    If other higher nomination’s went to The Last Ship, then yah I’d be upset too ..

    And the ”’F-Bomb” stuff .. the word is the most commonly used expression word in the world and has thousands of meanings which one relates to sex or whatever makes it the bad word that is supposedly is a ticket to hell if said .
    It long ago lost its’ shock value ……. lol

    Empire did rock the media word without a doubt!! I’d be very surprised if Empire didn’t bring home the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy; it was outstanding !

    • elm51

      July 18, 2015 at 3:35 am

      empire was not nominated in the outstanding drama series category……………..

      • su0000

        July 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

        ooops on me !
        thanks for the correction 🙂

  3. Belle

    July 17, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    It should have received more than one nomination. However, Leo shouldn’t be surprised by what these award shows do. More importantly, when we as people learn that these awards , compliments, accolades, and pats on the back are only important here on this earth, we will not become so disappointed when we aren’t recognized by man. These congratulations only go to the grave; they don’t get us to “Heaven.”

  4. SZima

    July 18, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I really think they need to do 3 Emmy shows…
    One for network programming
    One for cable programming
    One for web programming

    With so many outlets and so many shows vying for an Emmy nomination, very few people are going to be happy. I have not seen/watched most of the shows that are nominated, so I don’t really even care to watch the Emmy Show any more.
    I’ll watch the red carpet show…with one eye because I don’t recognize most of the actors…but the show itself means nothing to me anymore. Sad! 🙁

  5. k/kay

    July 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    What about Justified it was shut out the guy who played Boyd Crowder fantastic and Timothy Olphant should get an Emmy for looking so dam fine in a Stetson and a pair of Levi’s. Starting the seasons over again loved that show.

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