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During an interview with Variety, actress Taraji P. Henson speaks out about the Jussie Smollett case and the impact it has had on their show Empire and cast as a whole. Through it all, she reveals that she has remained faithful and calm.
“We’ll never be the same. No one will ever be the same. Forever changed. And it’s sad.”
She also tells Variety, “You’ve just got to be strong because the devil wants you weak, and the devil wants to catch you in a vulnerable moment and make you believe things that aren’t true.”
“I just stay strong. I know what side I’m on: I’m on faith’s side. I’ve got God, I know I’m a good person, so I just stay in that lane because powers that be and other sources from the outside can make you think things, but when you know what you know, you stay there right where you know what you know. I just hold onto my truth.”
Smollett’s character was written off the final ending of season 5.
According to sources, the ratings for Empire tanked following the aftermath.