“Empire” actors Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard along with the rest of the show’s top cast including Gabourey Sidibe and Nicole Ari Parker, are appealing to FOX for their co-star Jussie Smollett to return for the show’s sixth season.
The letter, penned on April 19th and revealed yesterday, was sent to Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chair Dana Walden, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn, “Empire” co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and other executive producers on the series.
Smollett has insisted on his innocence after he was charged with sixteen felony charges, all of which were dropped on March 26th, for staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in January. Smollett had to forfeit a $10,000 bond and was given credit for community service.
The letter was delivered hours before Smollett’s final appearance on the fifth season last night, one which features a wedding between his character Jamal Lyon and Kai (Toby Onwumere). While a renewal for “Empire” is a near lock, Daniels said this week that key players are currently ‘in discussions’ about whether Smollett will be kept on the show.