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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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A classless jerk!

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 !

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

ooops on me !
thanks for the correction 🙂

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.”

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! 🙁

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.


Taraji P. Henson Says She Fired Her Entire Team After They Failed to Capitalize on Her Success as ‘Empire’s’ Cookie Lyon

When Fox’s hit primetime soap opera, Empire, hit the air it became a smash hit, especially due to its lead female character, Cookie Lyon, as played by Taraji P. Henson.

The actress played Cookie for all she was worth and the some becoming one of the more original soap and television characters. After all, Cookie went to jail for 17 years before being released, and was the wife of former drug dealer, now music mogul, Lucious Lyon played by Terrence Howard.

Now, Taraji revealed all was not kosher behind the scenes during a sit-down interview for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation (see below). It was there, she revealed that she had to fire her entire PR team and more, because of how they failed to capitalize on her rousing success at the time as Cookie.

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The moment came about during the Q&A Henson was asked what was the best business decision she ever made.  She swiftly answered: “Firing everybody after Cookie,” adding, “Everybody had to f**ing’ go. Where is my deal? Where’s my commercial? Cookie was at the top of the fashion game. Where is my endorsement? What did you have set up for after this? That’s why you all haven’t seen me in so long. They had nothing set up.”

Empire fans recall that a ‘Cookie’ prequel had been in the works to continue the character after the series was canceled after six seasons, but nothing happened. At the time reports shared, Danny Strong, co-creator of the Empire was said to be co-writing the series, and it would come through Henson’s new production banner.

Taraji explained what went down behind the scenes: “All they wanted was another Cookie show, and I said, ‘I’ll do it, but it has to be right. The people deserve, she’s to beloved for y’all to f**k it up.’ And so, when they didn’t get it right, I was like, ‘Well, that’s it,’ and they had nothing else. ‘You’re all f**ng fired.”

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Henson added that she felt like she had Stockholm Syndrome from the entire situation, which is defines as a syndrome ‘where hostages sometimes develop a psychological bond with their captors.’ (Think Kevin, Y&R!) The moral of Henson’s story was to make sure the people you pay and who work for you, understand that you are the talent and nothing happens without you including them collecting a paycheck off you.

Henson can currently be seen in the musical version of The Color People in movie theatres everywhere.

Check out her emotional and enlightening conversation with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation below.

Now let us know, do you think Cookie Lyon was one of the best TV characters and should have either been spun off into her own show, or Henson should have appeared in more commercial and endorsement deals given the popularity of the character? Weigh-in via the comment section.

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Jussie Smollett Releases New Rap Single ‘Thank You God’ Speaking On the Injustice of His Court Case

Now that former Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) is out of jail while appealing his conviction for the 2019 Chicago hate crime hoax, in which he was at the epicenter, the singer/actor wasted no time dropping a rap single.

On his Instagram account, Smollett posted a short clip of a new rap song, which speaks about his court case and the injustices brought down upon him by the system.

The track entitled,“Thank You God,” features Smollett rapping lyrics like: “You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”  He also raps, that there will come a day when he can sit down and talk with his followers.  He gives a mention to “D.L.” who many believe is CNN anchor, Don Lemon, who was originally one of Smollett’s main advocates.

Jussie served 10 days of jail time of his sentence of 150 days before being released . He also has 30 months of probation ahead of him and was ordered to pay $120,106 to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine for his actions.

Smollett says any funds raised for “Thank You God” will be donated to the Illinois Innocence Project, Rainbow Push, Secure The Bag Safety.

Check out Jussie’s Instagram post containing the rap below/

Now let us know, what do you think about Smollett releasing this track and still defending his innocence? Comment below.


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‘Empire’ Star, Jussie Smollett, Sentenced to 150 Days In Jail For Fake Hate Crime Attack

Late Thursday, former Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett, was sentenced in Chicago more than three months after being found guilty on five felony counts to the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax that made national headlines, and got the actor fired from the former Fox primetime drama series.

In the sentencing, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days starting immediately.  In addition, he received 30 months’ probation, and has to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus Jussie received an additional $25,000 fine.

Cook County Judge James Linn, who levied the sentence, came down hard in his words on Smollett due his actions noting he was, “selfish, arrogant and narcissistic.”  The judge added, “You wanted to make yourself more famous throwing a national pity party for yourself. You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Linn went in on Smollett for his ‘performance’ and ‘pure perjury’ when the actor took to the witness stand in his own defense last year.

At the end of his sentencing, Smollett pulled down his mask to speak. He then let everyone in the courtroom know that he feels he is innocent, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

Just before he was taken into custody, Smollett yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air as he exited.

Watch the sentencing of Jussie Smollett below, then weigh-in.  Did Smollett get enough of a sentence for his crime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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