'Empire' producer 'confident' show will not be canceled after Jussie Smollett controversy

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  • s DAN

    As much as I like the music talent, I deplore the violence the show portrays. However, the direction the story line took this week with Cookie declaring the sins of the Lyon family past keep coming back to haunt the family may be the message that was missing in the prior seasons...……..

  • Toshiro Hitsugaya

    Why does the show need to be cancelled? Just fire him and kill his character

  • Compassion4all

    "Allowing Jussie the time to really deal with what he's been confronted with and allow him the time to focus and prepare..."

    That's a very diplomatic statement. It would probably be more correct to say he needs to deal with the situation he has put himself in.

  • Needsleep

    They will see out any contract they have... renewal of that might be a different story

  • 𝐀.𝐉.

    There was a window where he could have said something like, "I was stressed out and did a foolish stunt, please forgive me"...etc.

    But, he went too far. Now the window is shut.

    Likely the punishment won't be all that bad after he pleas to lesser charges and what not. But, when you think about it, this was really awful in a lot of ways.

  • Lee Thompson

    It would be ridiculous and unfair to cancel a show because one cast member misbehaves and/or commits a crime.

  • FOD Kills

    the show should be cancelled because it has run its course

  • Chuck_Heston

    Cancelled, no. Jussie fired, yes!!!

  • NPTaxpayer

    Love the show. It can continue without him.

  • SFprogressive

    The plot line has gotten a bit "sharky" but if the ratings are there, don't cancel because one jerk acted outrageously, Lots of jobs on the line and that's not the fault of the rest of the production/acting staff.
    Besides, think of how interesting they can make the demise of Jussie's character, Maybe like with the exit of Chris Rock's.,,,,slow and loud.

  • Eyeorr

    It's cancelled in my household.

  • Wyitt Werks

    Haven't watched it, probably still wont

  • CaptnBlynd

    We once again see the double standard.

  • MandalayBay328

    Why would they cancel it? Why cost people their jobs because one cast member was an ass?

    Write him off or re-cast his character and move on. If the show is as good as people claim it is - it will survive just fine without him.

  • TB

    The show should not be impacted because of this guys dumb antics. The punishment & repercussions of his actions should remain with him and not the show or the people who work on it.

  • FleurdiLisa

    Why should it be canceled over Jussie Smollett's actions? I don't watch it anymore, but it certainly isn't the Jussie Smollett show, nor was he the creator. That's what was so funny about idiot conservatives screaming about the Hollywood double standard that Roseanne was canceled immediately after her racist tweets and Empire was not. Two different situations entirely.

  • Chipnputt

    So he's pleading not guilty. Does that mean he's sticking to his story or just not guilty of the prosecutors version of the story?

  • lainsmo

    This story sure has legs. Wow.

  • C Williams

    The show hasn’t been nearly as good this past year. I’ve felt like the show has jumped the shark.