It was reported that Justin Smollett went directly to the Empire set after his court appearance yesterday, where he apparently told the cast members that he’s totally innocent.
But some of them don’t believe him and are furious at him for potentially damaging the show’s reputation.
They want FOX to write him out of the show immediately and fire him because he doesn’t deserve to be on the show any longer:
TMZ – Jussie Smollett betrayed the trust of his “Empire” coworkers and damaged the show’s image, and now several cast members want him written off immediately … according to our sources.
We’re told many of the “Empire” actors are “f**king furious” and feel if FOX honchos don’t fire Jussie, he should quit on his own … because he doesn’t deserve a spot on the hit show.
The feelings of animosity stem from the fact everyone on set had Jussie’s back after the “attack,” but in light of the new evidence police have laid out … many of them feel hurt and embarrassed.
We’re told almost everyone on set is worried about how Smollett’s damaged the show’s reputation … and could continue to do so if he remains part of the cast.
Smollett still has allies on the show, which has led to arguments:
Now, our sources say there are still some cast and crew members who believe Jussie’s telling the truth because they can’t fathom him pulling off a hoax like this. We’re told arguments have erupted over how best to handle the situation.
It seems Smollett is well aware of the dissension on set. TMZ broke the story … Jussie showed up on set Thursday after the madness outside the court and apologized to everyone, but insisted he’s innocent.
We’re told he’s changed his number because certain pissed off cast members were blowing up his phone. He’s only given his new number to the people still in his corner.
Ok as I’m writing this post, word has just come out that Smollett will be axed from the show’s last two episodes:
JUST IN: "Empire" producers say Jussie Smollett's character will be removed from the final 2 episodes of this season, AP reports pic.twitter.com/xLe2VA9dLG— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) February 22, 2019
Well there you go, problem solved.