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Jussie Smollett Cut From Rest Of Season Of EMPIRE; Tells Cast He’s Innocent Of Charges

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Following the turn of events for Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon, Empire) where he was arrested and charged on multiple felony counts and then posted bail, the producers of Fox’s sudsy primetime drama have decided to pull him from the remaining two episodes of the season.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo, and Dennis Hammer said in a statement this morning following the legal fallout for Jussie Smollett and his arrest stemming from an alleged hate crime reported on January 29th that he staged on himself.

The producers went on to say: “Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

This happened even after Smollett returned to work on Thursday, and even after the actor/singer reportedly apologized to the cast and crew of Empire for any embarrassment the recent allegations may have caused, but at the same time, sources reported, that he maintained that he was innocent,

According to CNN: “The person at the meeting said they were shocked and dismayed that Smollett stuck to his story of innocence. For the most part, the source said, Smollett paraphrased what was in the statement that his attorney put out that afternoon, blaming the legal system and the media for his woes.”

So, what do you think of the Empire producers decision to cut Smollett from the last two shows of the season? What do you think of Jussie still maintaining his innocence to the cast? Comment below.

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I’m so angry every time I see his face now that no News outlet should report any further on this till its all said and done in the courts. Real talk.

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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres Address Toxic Workplace Issues & How She is a ‘Work in Progress’ in Talk Show Season Opener

Today marks the return of daytime’s Ellen DeGeneres Show for its 18th season in syndication.  Ahead of its airing, the show dropped the video of Ellen’s opening monologue where she addresses to the audience at home the allegations that came to light over the summer regarding her, and the toxic work environment behind the scenes of her popular series.

Those allegations prompted an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, which led to the dismissal of several key producers at the talk show.

Previously, Ellen shared that she would address what had happened during the new season, but she did so at the top of its first episode back, and repeated some of the same sentiments she also shared in a letter to her crew and staffers.

DeGeneres expressed  “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres.”  She was quick to point out that she is turning the page and that “today, we are starting a new chapter.”

Addressing what has been her off-screen behavior vs. her on-air persona, Ellen said: “The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things.  Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress… I don’t think I’m that good of an actress that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me, and my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry for that.”  Within the monologue she shares how she became known as the “Be Kind Lady” a moniker that also came back to bite her during the summer.

So, what do you think about what Ellen has to say at the top of the new season of her show? Do you think this is enough of an explanation to the public? Are you ready to watch her new season? Comment below.

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72nd Primetime Emmys: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Sweeps Comedy, ‘Succession’ Takes Drama, Zendaya Becomes Youngest Lead Actress Drama Winner

The first ever virtual Primetime Emmys were held last night amid the coronavirus pandemic with host Jimmy Kimmel presiding over the proceedings in an empty Staple Center in Los Angeles and nominees streamed in from locations in the United States and around the globe.

After the dust settled, Canada was having quite the night with the clean sweep by Schitt’s Creek in the comedy categories.  The series, which ended after its sixth season, saw all of its nominated stars win in all the comedy performer categories: Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’ Hara and Annie Murphy.  Dan continued to be on a hot streak also taking the Writing and Directing categories..  The show then won the Comedy Series award.  The impressive night for Schitt’s Creek make it a record-breaker with seven trophies in a row.  That, coupled with their two wins during the Creative Arts Emmys, set the new record for most Emmy wins.

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In the drama categories it was Succession which racked up four major awards including: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Jeremy Strong, and in the writing and directing categories.

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Zendaya bested some heavyweights in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Euphoria making her the youngest winner in this category in TV Academy history at 24.

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The complete list of winner’s from Sunday night are listed below.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
CATHERINE O’HARA as Moira Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
EUGENE LEVY as Johnny Rose   Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
DANIEL LEVY, Written by Schitt’s Creek –  Happy Ending

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
ANDREW CIVIDINO, DANIEL LEVY, Directors  – Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
DANIEL LEVY as David Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
ANNIE MURPHY as Alexis Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
SCHITT’S CREEK

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
REGINA KING as Angela Abar / Sister Night Watchmen

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
MARK RUFFALO as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey  I Know This Much Is True

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Watchmen

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Unorthodox

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II as Cal Abar / Dr. Manhattan  Watchmen

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
UZO ADUBA as Shirley Chisholm  Mrs. America

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
WATCHMEN

OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
JEREMY STRONG as Kendall Roy Succession

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
ZENDAYA as Rue Euphoria

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Succession – This Is Not For Tears

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Succession – Hunting

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BILLY CRUDUP as Cory Ellison  The Morning Show

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
JULIA GARNER as Ruth Langmore Ozark

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
SUCCESSION

So, what did you think of the winners at the 72nd annual Primetime Emmys?  What did you think of the virtual ceremony … thumbs up or thumbs down? 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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