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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!

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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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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.”

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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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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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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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