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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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Timmm
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A classless jerk!

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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… Read more »

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

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ooops on me !
thanks for the correction 🙂

Belle
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Belle

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.”

SZima
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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! 🙁

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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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‘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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Taraji P. Henson Developing Cookie Lyon ‘Empire’ Spinoff With New First-Look Deal Via 20th Century Fox

Looks like more ‘Cookie’ is on the way, if this long bantered about Empire spinoff takes place.  But, news today via Deadline makes the whole thing look more promising! Series star, Taraji P. Henson has signed a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox where she would star and be one of the EP’s of the new show.

The show would be written by Empire EP Danny Strong with Stacy A. Littlejohn and Yolonda Lawrence, and Empire director Sanaa Hamri to take those reins again behind the camera.

Henson said in a statement on the deal: “I believe that normalizing stories around stigmatizing matters will make them more palatable for audiences to embrace.  Art can change perception and I plan to develop projects that can help further the conversation.  I also aim to help cultivate and establish new young talent and their stories because they are our future and deserve a voice and a platform to be heard. I’m so excited to have 20th, led by the talented Carolyn Cassidy, support me in this new endeavor!”

20th Century Fox TV president Carolyn Cassidy shared on Thursday: “We were lucky to have a front row seat to Taraji’s meteoric rise as a fixture on television through Empire.  Through that relationship everyone at the company grew to appreciate her passion for storytelling and her strong creative gut instinct. With Empire finished we look forward to helping her explore stories that need to be told through her talent and advocacy.”

Empire ended its sixth and final season a bit shorter than expected due to COVID-19 shutting down production, but now Henson has a way forward to tell us more of Cookie’s story.  This would just be one of the projects Henson would have under this deal with 20th Century Fox.

So, would you like to see more Cookie Lyon in a spinoff of Empire? Comment below.

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‘Empire’ star Bryshere Gray Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges After Allegedly Assaulting Wife

More legal trouble for the Lyon children of Fox’s former show Empire.   Now comes word that Bryshere Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon, was arrested near Phoenix on Monday after his wife told authorities he had assaulted her for hours and preceded to choke her unconscious at their home in Goodyear, Arizona on Sunday night.

Police arrested Gray early Monday outside his home, and related that the actor initially refused to come out of the house, so a SWAT team was employed and crisis negotiations experts were called on to the scene.

Gray was later taken into custody and booked at the infamous Maricopa Country Jail on charges of domestic violence.

As to the events that precipitated Bryshere’s arrest: initially police responded to a 911 call Sunday night, where the caller said that an adult female allegedly told him that she has been assaulted multiple times by her husband inside their home.  She then names herself as Bryshere Gray’s wife and Gray as the suspect.

Later via a press release, police said the woman had flagged down a bystander at a local gas station and told the driver that she had been assaulted for several hours. Police said she clearly was injured and told them her husband had choked her to the point where she lost consciousness. The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital and later released.

Gray appeared in all six seasons of Empire and landed BET,  NAACP Image and Teen Choice awards during his run.

Check out the mug shot below of Gray’s arrest via a tweet put out by the Goodyear Police Department below.  TMZ first reported the news.

So, what do you think of the domestic violence charges against Gray? Comment below.

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