Actor Jussie Smollett's character cut from Empire episodes after arrest

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Actor Jussie Smollett’s character is being removed from the final two episodes of the hip-hop drama Empire after he was arrested and charged with staging a hoax hate crime attack on himself, show officials said on Friday (Feb 22).

“We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season,” 20th Century Fox Television said in a statement.

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