Empire hasn’t even been renewed for a sixth season at this stage, but there is 1 particular person the cast desires back if FOX decides to maintain the series about, and it may perhaps surprise you.
We’re speaking about the embattled actor, Jussie Smollett right here, whose future with the hit drama is much less than specific at this stage.
Smollett was accused of faking a hate crime in Chicago earlier this year, but the cast is standing in solidarity with him, going as far as penning a letter to Fox executives to plead to have him on the show.
Each Deadline and THR shared a copy of the letter, and it reads as follows:
Dear Charlie, Dana, Michael, Lee, Danny, Francie, Brian, Sanaa, Dennis, and Brett,
With each other, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and buddy be brought back for our sixth season of Empire.
We have an understanding of the previous months have been hard to process—sometimes the headlines brought extra confusion than clarity, however we now have a conclusion to this ordeal.
All through Empire’s 5 seasons operating with Jussie and watching how he has carried out himself all through this traumatic occasion, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also genuinely come to know Jussie’s private character.
He is type. He is compassionate. He is sincere and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer topic to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him possessing been dropped.
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We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed due to the fact it would not have prevailed. Jussie has shown us on and off the set who he actually is as a leader.
In addition to becoming a caring buddy and cast member who treats each crew member with appreciate and respect, he has spent time with our households and individually supported each and every of us.
These current and detailed letters from The Black AIDS Institute, the Rainbow Push Coalition and the City Lights Orchestra shine a light on his commitment to accurate neighborhood service.
Just a handful of months ago, Jussie partnered with the Trevor Project to give assistance to their volunteer system that makes it possible for LGBTQ youth in crisis access to crucial counseling solutions. Prior to that, he gave each cent from his sold out globe tour to a lot of charities.
He has adopted a college in Chicago, taught songwriting to incarcerated youth at the Cook County Jail final year and purchased the household of Kayden Kinckle, a six-year-old, double amputee, a wheelchair accessible van due to his college district not possessing a wheelchair accessible college bus.
He has traveled to South Africa for service as properly as to Jamaica to quietly meet about the security of LGBTQ youth. This was all carried out devoid of posturing, the will need for interest or even discussion.
This is the Jussie we know. It is clearer each day that the intense political climate in our nation has only created our method of justice and the court of public opinion extra unjust. It is why now, extra than ever, we will have to stand with each other as a household.
A household is there for us in great instances and terrible. It can reduce by way of the noise and confusion to have an understanding of that there is a particular person in the center of all this who deserves practically nothing extra than to move forward with his life.
We have an understanding of that this show is a enterprise. And that enterprise matters to us as properly. We are confident our fans will welcome our “Jamal” back into the Empire household as enthusiastically as we will.
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That is why we create right now to ask you to maintain Jussie on the cast so that we can all place this behind us and move forward.
Thank you for taking time to hear us. It is our hope that with each other we will move into our sixth season as the whole Empire household need to.
Taraji P Henson
Bryshere Y. Gray
Nicole Ari Parker
It really is not surprising for Smollett’s cast members to want to stand with him throughout this hard time. The future of the whole series was thrown into turmoil when the path of the investigation changed, placing Jussie in the crosshairs of Chicago P.D. for what occurred.
For their component, Fox has supported Smollett all through the approach, but he was ousted from the final two episodes of Empire Season five, major numerous to think he was carried out with the show.
Empire has logged a string of series lows in the aftermath of the scandal.
Smollett’s final episode of Empire Season five airs tonight, but there is actually no telling irrespective of whether it will be his final episode or if Fox will give in and let him to return.
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Must Jussie return?
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