‘Empire’ bids farewell in March when it broadcasts its final episodes.
And while the show may be several seasons past its heyday ratings, it made its most pronounced headlines a year ago when star Jussie Smollett was allegedly targeted in a hate attack.
As widely reported, the matter took a dramatic twist when authorities turned the investigation on Smollett himself – charging him (quite literally) with making the entire incident up. An allegation which led to him being written out of ‘Empire.’
The real life narrative – which mirrored the scale of drama on the show – culminated in the collapse of the case against Smollett. Yet, his career remains in an odd state of limbo as various lingering legalities play out.
And while it remains to be seen where the public at large will settle as relates to opinion on Smollett, his co-stars are continuing to endorse him. So much so that they’re calling for his return to the show.
Speaking at the FOX TCAs, Taraji P. Henson – who plays Cookie Lyon, the mother of Smollett’s character Jamal – re-asserted her desire for him to appear in the final instalment of the series.
When quizzed on the matter, she candidly replied: “we started with him, we should finish with him.”
A sentiment co-star Vivica Fox echoed. Peep their interview:
Would you be here for a Jussie return to ‘Empire’?