Jussie Smollett’s ‘Empire’ Character May Be Recast Amid Deepening Scandal

After being removed from the final two episodes of “Empire’s” current season, Jussie Smollett’s character may be recast altogether.

The news comes amid the deepening scandal surrounding the actor, who was arrested this week for filing a false report after claiming he was assaulted in a hate crime late last month.

The news comes from TVLine, which further reports that “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels (on whom Smollett’s character of Jamal is loosely based) is “said to be a strong proponent of the recast option.”“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us” said series executives Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer in a statement released after Smollett was arrested.“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,

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