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Jussie Smollett On The Season Finale Of EMPIRE: "Everything Will Be Flipped On Its Head!"

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Wednesday night is the two-hour season one finale of Fox’s Empire.  TV Line spoke with series breakout star Jussie Smollett who plays Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie’s (Taraji B. Henson)  gay son, Jamal !  As viewers have noted over the last several weeks, Jamal is becoming more and more like his father Lucious, but Lucious still has some very homophobic tendencies when it comes to his son!

As to what will happen after tomorrow night’s season finale airs is anyone’s guess, but Smollett did weigh-in on series producer, Ilene Chaiken hinted preview that things will have a serious shake-up, when he said:  “Everything! Everything will be flipped on its head.”

Is Smollett concerned for the big shift in story that viewers will see?  He revealed,  “No, no, of course not! Hell, no. Because you think about life. And sometimes, in one year’s time, life can become completely different than it was. We are dealing with an entire family: three sons, one mother, one father, wives, boyfriends, lovers. We’re dealing with all of these different people coming in and out. The world is going to be flipped on its head at some point. That’s just the way it is, but I really think that people will join the Lyon family on their crazy, dysfunctional, f—ed-up journey and want to see where they go.”

So, what do you think will happen when the dust settles tomorrow night? Will Jamal be running the Empire with Lucious on the sidelines?  Share your theories below!

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When I heard the premise of this show I had no desire to see it, and stated so here. During some down time I binge watched and I love it. Can’t wait to see the season finale…hate to lose any of the characters,,,and hate further still…waiting for the next season of this or any show I’m in to. We soap fans are spoiled by daily episodes!

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I’m really happy you liked it! This show is literally what daytime soaps should be!

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Can’t wait!

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Light Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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Chicago Police Believe That Jussie Smollett May Have Been “Active Participant” In His Own Attack

Saturday has brought with it some major twists and developments into the alleged assault on Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) through multiple reports.  Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the on-going investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him.

The men in question, who are brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were originally arrested on Wednesday, but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited: “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”  Reports also say that the two men are fully cooperating with law enforcement.

Of note is: that the brothers are of Nigerian descent and teach online body building classes. The Chicago Tribune reports that Smollett follows the brothers’ workout page on Instagram.   One brother reportedly appeared in an episode of Empire, but was not credited it for it.

Smollett’s attack happened in the early hours of January 29th on the streets of Chicago, when Smollett told authorities that two men were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.”  He also noted that one of the attackers put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago.

“The new direction of the investigation is now based on the premise that Mr. Smollett was an active participant in the incident,” a law enforcement source close to the situation told Deadline.

In a statement from Chicago PD late Saturday: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

In an update to this story: Jussie’s lawyers said in statement over the weekend that one of the brothers taken in to custody was Smollett’s personal trainer, and the actor finds it “impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”

So, what do you believe at this juncture?  Do you think Smollett would stage a hate crime on himself? Could the police just not have found the true culprits? Share your theories on this developing story.

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‘Empire’s’ Jussie Smollett To Speak For First Time Since Attack On Good Morning America

While the Chicago Police Department continues its investigation into the attack, and a statement from his reps saying that the PD has found his account “consistent and credible”, Empire star Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) will open up for the first time publicly since the hate crime, perpetrated against him.

The interview will air on Thursday’s Good Morning America on ABC.  Robin Roberts was given the exclusive interview with the talented actor/singer.

In a preview for the interview when Roberts asks if at anytime during the attack he feared for his life, Jussie is seen breaking into tears.

According to the LA Times, while Smollett has been cooperating with police, investigators recently rejected his phone records as evidence because they claimed they“do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted.”

In a statement given to Deadline by Smolett’s reps on the situation, and any backlash, they clarified:  “Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police.  Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police.  Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie’s account of what happened that night consistent and credible. Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie is a victim. We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie’s attackers and bring them to justice.”

So, will you be watching Smollett’s interview tomorrow?  Share your thoughts on the developing story via the comment section below.

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