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The cast of the Fox series Empire released an open letter on Wednesday praising their embattled co-star Jussie Smollett and asking that he be allowed to return for season six of the show.
'Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire,' read the letter, which was signed by Taraji P Henson, Terrence Howard, Bryshere Y Grey, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe and Nicole Ari Parker.
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The letter went on to praise Smollett's charity work and defend him against recent allegations, with the actors writing: 'He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped.'
These comments came just a few hours after Lee Daniels appeared on the Fox morning show Good Day New York and said that Smollett faced an uncertain future on the show due to his lawsuit with the city of Chicago.
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Daniels was among those who the letter was sent to, with the other recipients including: Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, ABC Entertainment chair Dana Walden, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn, and show producers Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer.
Smollett meanwhile was spotted in New York City on Thursday afternoon, with the actor strolling the streets of the Big Apple after his lengthy Hawaiian vacation.
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The open letter in support of Smollett was released on the same day he will be making his final appearance on the show this season.
On the episode set to air Wednesday night, Smollett's character will be saying 'I do' in what will be the first gay wedding featuring two black characters on network...
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