It looks as though Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and his controversial scandal has been nothing but bad news for the Fox series Empire.
In fact, there’s a new report that says the actor’s final episode has tied in with an all-time series low for the show. Many viewers have been tuning out after it was alleged that Jamal supposedly planned his attack back in January.
The actor claims that he was attacked by two random men who allegedly tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him and shouted racial and homophobic slurs.
Empire Has Seen A Significant Ratings Decline Since Controversy
According to reports, Smollett’s last ever episode of Empire set a new record. And no, it’s not a record that the actor can be proud of. The show received its lowest ratings on record in the sought after 18-49 demographic.
Empire has seen its ratings decline ever since Jussie Smollett started making headlines for the hate crime he might or might not have had a part in. Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report with the Chicago Police Department.
The actor’s team have recently demanded an apology from the Mayor of Chicago and the Chicago Police Superintendent for the way they have handled the case and treated Jussie Smollett behind the scenes.
Smollett Was Also Recently Cut From A Broadway Play
Even though Jussie Smollett has said that he wants to put this entire controversy behind him and get back to work, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon. That’s because it doesn’t look like he will be going back to work on the set of Empire anytime soon.
What’s more, he’s also lost out on a Broadway gig. Smollett was supposed to begin production on a play called Take Me Out. His casting was supposed to be announced last month but apparently everything shifted after evidence alleged that he staged his own hate crime.
The latest #Empire will pull at your ❤️strings.
— Empire (@EmpireFOX) April 25, 2019
So far Jussie Smollett hasn’t made any comments on the matter, nor has he said anything about his future in Hollywood. Either way, things aren’t looking very positive for him right now.
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