Jussie Smollett Axed From "Empire" Season As Cast Members Delete Their Instagram Support

Chicago, IL – Accused world class liar Jussie Smollett is now out of a job for the time being.

TMZ reports that Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer all signed off on the order to cut Smollett for the remainder of the season in the wake of his arrest for allegedly grand scheming his racist attack.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” FOX said in a statement to TMZ. “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.

“We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

Daniels — along with Empire alumni Naomi Campbell, Xzibit, Vivica A. Fox, Serayah McNeill, Grace Byers, Tasha Smith — deleted their Instagram support of the thespian, as did the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Tracee Ellis, Tina Larson, Lance Gross and Jesse Ferguson.

Smollett’s exile follows the allegations his presence angered cast members on set. The 36-year-old rapper was indicted on Thursday (February 20) on charges of felony disorderly conduct. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

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