Jussie Smollett: FIRED From Empire!

Jussie Smollett has been accused of staging his own assault. 

Following his arrest, some of Jussie’s Empire castmates demanded that he be fired.

They have gotten their wish. On Friday, FOX announced that Jussie is out for the rest of the season.

On Friday, Executive Producers Lee Daniels and Danny strong released a statement on Jussie Smollett’s status on Empire.

Along with EPs Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo, and Dennis Hammer, they said:

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” the statement begins.

“Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years,” the showrunners affirm.

“And,” the statement continues. “We care about him deeply.”

That affection has been complicated by his alleged deception, which has his friends and colleagues feeling betrayed and angry.

“While these allegations are very disturbing,” the statement continues.

The showrunners emphasize: “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,” the statement acknowledges.

“And to avoid further disruption on set,” the Executive Producers write.

They continue: “we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

That is a complicated decision.

Late last month, Jussie reported to police that he was the victim of a vicious hate crime.

Apparently targeted for his fame, sexuality, and race, Jussie said that he was beaten, placed in a noose, and that bleach was poured on him.

Unfortunately, Chicago Police determined that he had staged the assault himself.

He allegedly paid two brothers to do so, and paid them for their efforts by check — and also called them on his cell phone.

In addition to general disappointment that someone would allegedly fake such a heinous crime, many are bewildered.

Years of watching police procedurals have most people expecting tracks to be covered a little more thoroughly than that.

Jussie has maintained his innocence, and his attorneys released a statement to that effect.

“Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle,” his attorney said on Thursday.

Jussie’s arrest and public malignment, his attorney says, is something “that has no place in the American legal system.”

“The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon,” his attorney claims.

This was done “at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election.”

Jussie’s attorney is suggesting that his arrest by the (famously accused of racism) Chicago Police Department was a political stunt.

“Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity,” his attorney insists.

Jussie is a man “who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence,” the attorney notes.

Even when he apologized to his castmates for their current troubles, he insisted that he would never do this to them.

“And,” his attorney concluded, Jussie “feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

What a complicated, upsetting case.

Presumably, if he is vindicated, he will be welcomed onto Empire with open arms.

And maybe even if he isn’t.

After all, Ryan Lochte famously claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint, causing an international incident. He was later invited to multiple interviews.

Just saying. What Jussie is accused of doing is serious, but not unprecedented.

Kris Jenner THRILLED to Kash in on Khloe and Tristan’s Breakup Drama

In a post-Valentine’s Day shocker, Khloe Kardashian dumped Tristan Thompson after he cheated — yet again.

This time, he cheated with Kylie Jenner’s best friend, causing a lot of heartbreak, anger, and hurt feelings.

But a certain momager is looking past all that — and seeing dollar signs. This scandal could be a cash cow.

RadarOnline reports that Kris Jenner is thrilled at the opportunity to leverage Khloe’s personal scandal for more money.

“Kris has been trying to broker a new deal for $200 million with E! for the show,” an insider source reveals.

When it comes to contract negotiations, everyone wants leverage. And now, Kris has found it.

“And she is ecstatic over this cheating scandal,” the source characterizes.

Of the cheating scandal, the insider says: “It is exactly what she’s been hoping for!”

Back in 2017, Kris used her momager skills to iron out a $150 million deal with E!

That contract will keep Keeping Up With The Kardashians on the air for another five seasons.

But that was around Season 12. We’re now entering Season 16.

With the show’s ratings repeatedly losing out to more niche reality shows like 90 Day Fiance and Alaskan Bush People, Kris needed an edge.

Since she reportedly ordered cameras to capture the drama of Khloe splitting with Tristan after his hookup with Jordyn Woods, she found it.

But what about the feelings of her daughter?

What about Kris’ own sadness at this betrayal by the father of her grandchild?

“Kris really has no feelings or attachment to this,” a source claims.

The insider explains her sense of detachment “because she told Khloe that she should leave Tristan.”

Apparently, Kris told Khloe to ditch him “the first time that he cheated on her when she was giving birth to True.”

Honestly, who didn’t tell her to dump his ass back then?

“The fact that he did this to Khloe again is going to backfire on him,” the source claims.

The insider continues: “because he just guaranteed that they will renew their contract.”

We’re not quite sure how that qualifies as backfiring on Tristan.

Are we to believe that Tristan was plotting to sabotage the family by slipping it to Kylie’s bestie?

We had sort of assumed that he was just horny and thoughtless.

“Ratings are going to be through the roof over this,” the source predicts.

“As far as Tristan and Jordyn go,” the insider concludes. “They are cut as far as Kris is concerned.”

That seems unfair.

The way that many see it, Jordyn did Khloe a favor by making it impossible for her to ignore Tristan’s total lack of respect for her.

Because Khloe spent 10 entire months writing people out of her life if they suggested that Tristan was a mistake.

We still wonder how long it was after his cheating scandal that Tristan stepped out again. Because he sure didn’t wait until Jordyn.

And yeah, Jordyn knew Khloe and therefore had an obligation to respect her …

… It’s heartbreaking that Jordyn is losing one of the most important relationships of her life (and her home) over this.

She shouldn’t have banged him, but a lot of people 

Is Tristan Thompson worth all of this heartbreak?

Signs point to no.