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EMPIRE Shocker: Jamal Is Shot! Jussie Smollett Tweets: "I've Thoroughly Enjoyed My Time w/ Empire. I Love You All. Truth. Time 2 Make A Record & Some Movies!"

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On Wednesday’s night’s penultimate episode of Fox’s hit sudser Empire, the final two minutes had fans talking and tweeting up a storm last night and into Thursday.

That’s because after a confrontation with his father, Lucious (Terrence Howard), where the head Lyon goes as far to say to his son Jamal (Jussie Smollett):  “You ain’t nothing to me, but a disappointment, and the day you die from AIDS, I’m going to celebrate,” all hell breaks loose.  And it is Jamal who ends up taking a bullet meant for his father.

It all goes down at the American Sound Awards (ASA) where Frida Gatz (Bre-Z) finally learns that it was Lucious who was responsible for her father’s death.  As she grabs a gun and approaches him, Jamal intercedes, and takes the bullet instead and is left bleeding on the red carpet.  The episode ends with Jamal being rushed to the hospital and we don’t know if he will survive, or die.

However then on Thursday, Empire  favorite Jussie Smollett took to his Twitter account with these words: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time w/ @EmpireFOX. I love you all. Truth. Time 2 make a record & some movies.”  That left fans wondering if this is his announcement of his departure from the series.

Now people are buzzing and trying to decipher if this is a PR move for tune-in to next week’s season finale of the series, or if Smollett has truly wrapped up his run.  The show did well in the ratings last night as well adding 400,000 viewers for the dramatic episode.   However, Entertainment Weekly is saying that the star remains under contract for the third season and will return, although they say they have not received a comment from a rep for Smollett or Fox.

During the airing of Empire, Smollett also tweeted: “This is why we must watch how we treat people. We never know how long they have. Just in the blink of an eye. Gone. #empire”

Watch the final moments of  Wednesday’s  broadcast of Empire below, and a preview for the season finale on May 18th.  Then weigh in:  Do you think Jamal will die?  What did you think of the twist? Will you be devastated if Jussie has left the show? Comment below!

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Of course he’s not going to die. And if they wanted to play the will he-won’t he game, they shouldnt have shown marriage scenes for next week’s episode. Love Jamal. He’s my favorite character.

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hi Rebecca..
I like Hakeem’s style/singing better than Jamal’s..
Anyways it is the season’s ending cliff hanger, s0-
I know- next season, will be seeing both Hakeem and Jamal..

WOW! what great season close! Now that is drama with a capital D ..

((The brothers will always be, they the stars and both needed – they are Lyon’s family..))

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rebecca1

Hi Su…I like Hakeem’s music too. He’s got the whole sexy, funky rap goin’ on. But I kinda crush on Jamal… 😉

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Maybe Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is off for awhile while recovering etc and will return later on when he has recovered..
in the meantime; ”’ Time 2 make a record & some movies.“’ for him ..

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I have a feeling the vows exchanged will include non-other than
Lucious & Cookie….. Jamal will be fine, bringing the family together
for now…..#brothersstrongbond

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The first ten episodes this year were painfully bad. Luscious was behind bars for what, thirty minutes? Tomei’s character didn’t belong. And the compactness of the family conflict is the power to the motor… there was a lack of compactness those first episodes.

But it found it’s legs and it’s been on a roll again. I hope we don’t lose Boo Boo Kitty. Her character development was lacking coherence.

Cookie Forever! Not since Alexis Colby….

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I LOVE Marissa Tomei but I HATED her role! First time I’ve not liked her, I guess it’s a testament to her acting but she was just so severe in look and manner…just didnt enjoy anything about it, including Naomi Campbell’s return.

I liked BooBoo til she went craycray. I want her to pay for pushing Rhonda down the stairs!

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She better pay

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Ex-‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts For Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) from Fox’s former primetime soap opera, Empire, was found guilty on Thursday on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct stemming from making a false report to the Chicago police department that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The actor’s account of the story dates back to 2019 and finally made its way to the Chicago court system for trial.

In the end, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and today to return the verdict after sitting through testimonies of 13 witnesses.

According to reports, Smollett did not look at his family or the judge during the reading of the verdicts on the six counts he was charged instead he looked at the jury members.

Smollett could face up to 3 years in a prison and a $25,000 fine, Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.  That will happen at a later date.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said at a post-verdict news conference: “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them. The fact that he came up with a completely ridiculous story to explain his misconduct did not apparently have an impact on the jury’s verdict.”

During the trial brothers, Bola and Ola Osundairo testified that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate crime attack on him in an attempt to get media attention.  The brothers testified that they fake punched Smollett, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and used racist and homophobic slurs, because Jussie told them to do so in return for the money.

According to Smollett’s defense team, they will appeal the verdict.

So, what do you think about the guilty verdict for Jussie Smollett? Comment below.

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‘Empire’ Favorite Taraji P. Henson to Host the American Music Awards

She played the fierce head of record label and music empire on TV, and now she is about to take on the hosting duties at one of music’s most popular nights of the year, when she hosts ABC’s American Music Awards.   News today has former Empire on Fox star, Taraji P. Henson (Ex-Cookie Lyon) taking on the key role in keeping the night moving and the music coming for music fans around the world.

The 2020 AMAs will air live on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:00 PM ET/PT.   In a statement on her latest gig, Henson expressed: “The AMAs brings together the music community to celebrate what really drives all artists – the fans,  I’m proud to take the stage as this year’s host – and also a fan – for what promises to be an electrifying night of music.”

And coming up the motion picture and television actress will put a spotlight on  mental wellness in a new talk show for Facebook Watch.  In addition, she is also currently developing an Empire spinoff with her production company.

Broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, this year’s AMA nominees include The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch, both with eight nominations, leading the pack of this year’s nominees.  Voting for the AMA’s continues and you can a vote in all categories here.

So, it seems to us that Taraji will be a great host for the AMA’s! What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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‘Empire’s’ Diamond White Lands Contract Role on The Bold and the Beautiful

Look for The Bold and the Beautiful to add to their cast with news on Thursday that Diamond White (previously see on Empire as Lala) will take on the role of Zoe’s (Kiara Barnes)sister, Paris Buckingham on the CBS daytime drama.

Paris and Zoe are the daughters of crime-ridden Dr. Reese Buckingham (Wayne Brady) who was sent to the slammer for his baby-switch plot involving baby Beth and his gambling debts.

White will begin taping her new role tomorrow on Friday, and will first are on the November 2nd episode of B&B.  Deadline first reported the news.

Besides her role on Empire, Diamond has had a recurring role on Netflix’s Dear White People, as well as a guest art on ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, and more,

Looks like the Buckingham sisters might have their eyes set on Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) , the incoming Zende (Delon de Metz) and who knows who else on the canvas!

So, what do you think about a new Buckingham in the mix on B&B? Comment below.

 

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