Lots of guys have gotten instantly #Me-Tooed out of their careers recently. And Roseanne Barr got fired from her #1 rated TV show for not realizing Iran-born Valerie Jarrett was black. But Jussie Smollett merely dreamed up a blood libel against straight white male Trump voters, so Fox is slowly trying to figure out what to do with him. In the meantime, keep up the good work, Jussie. From Variety:
Jussie Smollett Returns to ‘Empire’ Set as Fox Struggles to Decide His Fate
By JOE OTTERSON and CYNTHIA LITTLETON
Now playing – Jussie Smollett…
Jussie Smollett is back on the set of “Empire” in Chicago following his release from police custody on Thursday, Variety has learned.
Smollett was released after posting bail in Chicago after police charged him with staging what was originally reported as a hate crime last month. He was originally intended to film throughout this week on the Fox series, but his role was dramatically reduced in light of his ongoing legal troubles.
Fox has stood behind the actor for the most part, issuing multiple statements backing him as evidence grew that he had staged his own assault. Earlier on Thursday though, the network released a new statement that said in part, “We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.”
Even with his mounting legal troubles, Smollett has big pockets of support within Fox and there was hope as late as Wednesday that he would be able to finish out his work on the series. “Empire” has about an episode and a half of filming to finish in its fifth season, or a little more than a week’s worth of work. …
During a press conference on Thursday morning, Chicago PD officials stated they believed Smollett staged the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on “Empire.” Multiple Fox insiders said Smollett never approached the network or studio for a raise. He is believed to be making about $60,000 an episode for the show’s current season. That’s up from about $20,000 when the series debuted in 2015, when Smollett was a lesser-known actor.
Police also said that Smollett had sent a threatening letter to himself that was received at Fox days before the attack. The detail and vehemence of the police case against Smollett — Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson called his actions “despicable” — puts more pressure on Fox to act. Smollett’s case could test the entertainment industry’s post-#MeToo resolve to stand up to allegations of wrongdoing and misconduct by prominent figures.
The tension within Fox about how to handle Smollett is heightened by the fact that the actor is well-liked among network and studio brass. He’s routinely described as the “consummate pro” who was always ready to do press promotional appearances on behalf of the show or the network. “When an executive needs a star to show up at a charity dinner, Jussie’s the one you call,” a senior Fox executive said.
Insiders who have worked closely with Smollett say they cannot understand why he would be motivated to be part of an elaborate hoax.
Well, he is a lifelong leftist.
Anyway, I’d say: Let Jussie stay on the show, but he has to act out his entire moronic hate hoax exactly as it happened as a six story arc, with the Nigerian bodybuilder brothers playing their roles too. I’d watch that.