16 million viewers tuned in to catch the first episode of ‘Empire‘s second season yesterday evening.
Good news for its co-creator Lee Daniels…bad news for the Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin who found himself on the receiving end of a subtle joke delivered by the show’s latest guest star Miss Lawrence of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’
Spoilers and Donnie’s response below…
Last night’s season two premiere saw Lawrence make his first appearance on the series as himself. His role in this season’s storyline? To impress the character Jamal Lyon in a bid to score a duet with him and his support of the LGBT community.
Unfortunately, Lawrence’s role also saw him used to take aim at McClurkin by saying the Gospel figure was to attend a fictional event launched to celebrate the achievements of gay men.
Of course, this wasn’t the case as the show and the event within are fictional, but those familiar with McClurkin‘s story will know that he has been followed by talk surrounding his sexuality for decades….hence the joke.
Donnie discovered what had been done shortly after the joke aired and responded with: