“Empire” creator Lee Daniels took to Instagram Wednesday to share what the cast of his ABC series has been feeling since “the incident.”
The incident he’s referring to, of course, is the January attack on cast member Jussie Smollett that the actor is accused of planning on himself. The alleged reason: To raise his profile because he was unhappy with his salary. Smollett was suspended from “Empire” last month in the wake of the scandal.
“Oh my God, these past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ roller coaster,” Daniels said to his Instagram followers hours before new episodes of his shows “Empire” and “Star” premiered on Fox.
“(My cast and I have) experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it, you know?”
He said that “Empire” was made with goals that he doesn’t want the Smollett incident to undermine: “to bring America together, to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now on the streets.”
Daniels wrote in the Instagram caption: “anyway I’m back and I’m finally ok!!!!” After brushing his teeth on camera, he encouraged fans to watch the new episodes.
Last month, “Empire” actor Terrence Howard posted to Instagram in support of Smollett: “All your lil homies got you… We love the hell outta you.”
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