On Wednesday night’s Empire, Jussie Smollett made his first return to the screen since his arrest in February. Empire fans have been wondering about Smollett’s return to the show as the star faces legal trouble for allegedly hiring two brothers to stage a hate crime against him. Last week, he was indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury after being charged with felony disorderly conduct for making a false report of a hate crime in January. Smollett’s legal team called the indictment “prosecutorial overkill” and “vindictive.”
It was recently revealed that Smollett’s role will be written out of the show’s final two episodes. Given that Smollett’s Empire days are numbered, Twitter exploded with reactions to his return.
— MMMM (@Uuuu2220) March 14, 2019
— Kay.Aioki 🎎 (@Kay_Westtt) March 14, 2019
— Dreadzgoiinham 🐙 (@DabForMoney) March 14, 2019
While Smollett maintains his innocence, it looks like many fans aren’t convinced. Still, some viewers don’t think the show will be the same without him.
Still love Jussie Empire wouldn’t be the same without him😞 #Empire
— jessica bacallao (@jlara2604) March 14, 2019
— Boss Chic Designz (@bosschiccrate) March 14, 2019
Fans may not agree about Smollett’s future with the show, but many can’t wait to see how the writers will handle getting rid of one of the show’s most important characters. They’ll have to stay tuned to find out.
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