It seems that FOX and Jussie Smollett have come to an agreement as far as Empire is concerned. The actor was accused of staging his own attack back in January, and although he was later cleared of all charges, Smollett is now facing a civil suit from the city of Chicago. In the wake of his continued legal trouble, FOX Entertainment released a statement concerning the fate of Smollett and his character, the adored Jamal Lyon:
“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire,” the studio said in a statement, Billboard reports.
According to the site, a rep for Smollett previously said “We’ve been told that Jussie will not be on Empire in the beginning of the season but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal’s future open. Most importantly he is grateful to Fox and Empire leadership, cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support.”
We hope to see him back on the show soon.
In other news, Chrissy Teigen is getting her own cooking show. Honestly, it’s about damn time!
In a press release that went out this week, Hulu made the announcement that they’ll be teaming up with the Cravings: Hungry For More author, model, television personality, and mom. E! News reports, “…The streaming platform announced Teigen will host a new cooking show with David Chang and develop new shows that could be anything from scripted to talk shows.” “The new cooking show, which is part of Hulu’s new deal with Vox Media Studios, Chang’s Majordomo Media and Teigen’s Suit & Thai Productions, is currently titled Family Style. The series will revolve around the ways people express their love to friends and family through cooking and eating together,” the site adds. Stay tuned.
If you haven’t tuned into the original Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, get into it! Now!
The dark series follows June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss), one of the few fertile women who are enslaved by an oppressive state their society calls Gilead. Trying her best to survive life in Gilead with abusive Commander Fred Waterford (played by Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski), Osborne’s life is a hell worse than your worst nightmare.
Below is the trailer for season 3. Osborne is on a quest to “change things,” which will be anything but easy. Stream seasons 1 and 2 on Hulu now if you need to catch up and tune into the upcoming season on June 5.