WDNews has learnt that actor Jussie Smollet has been let go from the Empire show.
What happened? Well Jussie and his reps tried to get greedy, according to an insider who works with the show. The insider explained, “Terrence [Howard] and Taraji [Henson] are the stars of the show, and they are going to be paid as stars. But the rest aren’t going to make huge sums from the show.”
As reported last season, Taraji ad Terrence Howard threatened to pullout of Empire when they didn’t get a raise. But insider explained how FOX managed to get Taraji and Terrence to return. The insider explained, “the contracts were set, so there was nothing that FOX could do to give [Terrence and Taraji] more money. So instead, they did all those one off specials that [the two stars] hosted, and got them paid that way.”
Jussie wasn’t given the same opportunities – so he was not getting paid like a star on the hottest show on television.
The snitch continued, “Jussie wasn’t asking for way too much money – just a nice raise. But the people at FOX were like no,there was no money left in the budget.”
Last night Jussie announced that he is leaving the show.