Taraji P. Henson has expressed desire to have Jussie Smollet back on the hit series Empire.
Smollet was removed from the series after he alleged that he was attacked by some Trump supporters who changed “MAGA country”.
His story was, however, found to be contradicting results of investigations carried out by authorities.
Taraji P. Henson told Access at Winter TCA All Star Party:
“I was hoping we do. I would love to see him. I mean we started with him, we should finish with him. That’s my sentiment.”
Vivica Fox, who stars as Cookie’s sister Candace Mason, also said she’s here for Smollett’s return.
“I’ve been asking for Jussie from the beginning. He’s always gonna be family, we absolutely love him. In life we make mistakes and things happen but the best thing is that the cast is absolutely supportive of him and we’d love to see him again. But it is a network decision.”
Fox entertainment president Michael Thorn also spoke;
“We’re not going to bring Jussie back to the show. There were a number of factors that went into the decision to not bring him back. There were many points of view about if he should come back or if he shouldn’t. As hard as a decision as that was, for us — and when I say us I mean the network, the studio and the producers — it felt like it was in the best interests of the show and the cast.”
“Our hope is that all of the controversy surrounding Jussie doesn’t overshadow the show, which we think is bigger than him.”