Empire Creator Lee Daniels Addresses "Pain and Anger" Amid Jussie Smollett Scandal

E! Online | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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At first, the show and network said Smollett's character Jamal Lyon would not be written off the show. However, Empire's executive producers Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer released a statement on Feb. 22 about his future on the popular series.

"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," the statement read. "We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid...
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