'Empire' stars Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and the rest of the series’ cast have written a letter to Fox Entertainment, urging that Smollett be "brought back" to the show.
“Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire,” the letter obtained by Deadline reads.
The letter was sent to Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chair Dana Walden, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn, Daniels, Empire co-creator Danny Strong and other executive producers on the series.
“Throughout Empire’s five seasons working with Jussie and watching how he has conducted himself throughout this traumatic event, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also truly come to know Jussie’s personal character,” the letter continues. “He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity.”
“He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped,” it added. “We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed.”
The cast then states that they are a family and that they should stick together through good times and bad, claiming that treatment of Smollett has been "unjust."
The letter concludes, “That is why we write today to ask you to keep Jussie on the cast so that we can all put this behind us and move forward. Thank you for taking time to hear us. It’s our hope that together we will move into our sixth season as the entire Empire family should.”
Should Jussie return to the show?