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Jussie Smollett Removed From 'Empire' Episodes Following His Arrest

Jussie Smollett Removed From 'Empire' Episodes Following His Arrest

Jussie Smollett is being removed from the final episodes of Season 5 of Empire following his arrest for filing a false police report, Fox confirmed in a statement on Friday (February 22).

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. 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,” said the shows executives.

Jussie had previously returned to the set of his Fox series within hours of being released from custody on Thursday (February 21), where he reportedly addressed the cast and crew on set and maintained his innocence. See what he allegedly said.

Josh Brolin & Wife Kathryn Boyd Support Step-Mother Barbra Streisand at Hollywood for Science Gala!

Josh Brolin & Wife Kathryn Boyd Support Step-Mother Barbra Streisand at Hollywood for Science Gala!

Josh Brolin is dapper in a suit while hitting the carpet alongside his wife Kathryn Boyd while attending the 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala on Thursday (February 21) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 51-year-old Avengers star and his wife Kathryn, 31, were in attendance show their support for his step-mother Barbra Streisand, who has been married to his father, James Brolin, for 20-years.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Josh Brolin

“Each year, the Hollywood for Science honors environmental game-changers whose bold voices act as a catalyst to move science into action,” Global Fundraising chairman and event co-host Milutin Gatsby said in a statement ahead of the event.

Barbra and Gisele Bundchen were both the honorees this year.

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Here's What Rihanna & Boyfriend Hassan Jameel Did Together After Her 31st Birthday

Here's What Rihanna & Boyfriend Hassan Jameel Did Together After Her 31st Birthday
  • Rihanna and boyfriend Hassan Jameel attended the Lakers game on Thursday (February 22) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles following her 31st birthday celebration.- TMZ
  • Zendaya has some exciting news! – Just Jared Jr
  • Here’s what to expect at the 2019 Academy Awards… – Lainey Gossip
  • Did Khloe Kardashian just call out Tristan Thompson for betrayal? – TooFab
  • John Mayer is in his feelings. – MTV
  • This news should excite Harry Potter fans! – Popsugar

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Kim Kardashian was surprised with an epic gift from Kanye West on Valentine's Day. Fans were shocked when a video surfaced of the gift in action. Check it out right here to see for yourself!

Zoe Saldana, Hilary Swank & More Step Out Cadillac's Oscars Week Celebration!

Zoe Saldana, Hilary Swank & More Step Out Cadillac's Oscars Week Celebration!

Zoe Saldana strikes a pose on the carpet while attending Cadillac’s 2019 Oscar Week Celebration held at Chateau Marmont on Thursday (February 21) in Los Angeles.

The 40-year-old Guardians of the Galaxy star was joined at the event by Hilary Swank and her husband Philip Schneider, Tiffany Haddish, Liev Schreiber, Zachary Quinto, Allison Janney, Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello, Stephan James, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita.

Also in attendance were Charlie Carver, Kyle MacLachlan, Adam Pally, Emma Dumont, Jessica Pare, Aisha Tyler, Elijah Kelley, Anne Winters, Caitlin McHugh, John Stamos, Jessica Lowndes and Louise Roe.

FYI: Allison is wearing a Galvan dress with Sarah Flint shoes. Louise is wearing a Silvia Tcherassi dress.

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Netflix Reveals 'Altered Carbon' Season Two Cast - Watch Now!

Netflix Reveals 'Altered Carbon' Season Two Cast - Watch Now!

The next season of Altered Carbon is coming!

The Netflix sci-fi series unveiled a cast reveal on Friday (February 22) ahead of the premiere of Season 2, which is currently in production.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie returns as Takeshi Kovacs, Renée Elise Goldsberry is back as Quellcrist Falconer and Chris Conner is back as Poe.

Also joining the cast is Simone Missick as Trepp, Dina Shihabi as Dig 301, Torben Liebrecht as Colonel Carrera and James Saito as Tanaseda Hideki. Additional cast members will be announced soon.

Watch the Altered Carbon cast reveal below!

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  • Jussie Smollett pleads with his Empire cast mates to believe he is innocent - TMZ
  • Watch the opening credits for The Perfectionists - Just Jared Jr
  • Eminem is furious with Netflix for cancelling this show - TooFab
  • Time's Up CEO has resigned over allegations against her son - The Hollywood Reporter
  • Skai Jackson shares her skincare routine - Just Jared Jr

Ellen Page Opens Up About Being Pressured by Hollywood to Not Come Out as Gay

Ellen Page Opens Up About Being Pressured by Hollywood to Not Come Out as Gay

Ellen Page is featured in the latest issue of PorterEdit, out now.

Here’s what the 32-year-old actress had to say…

On being pressured by people in Hollywood to not come out as gay and to wear dresses and heels: “I was distinctly told, by people in the industry, when I started to become known: ‘People cannot know you’re gay.’ And I was pressured – forced, in many cases – to always wear dresses and heels for events and photo shoots… As if lesbians don’t wear dresses and heels. But I will never let anyone put me in anything I feel uncomfortable in ever again.”

On how media speculation about her sexuality affected her mental health: “I was 20, I had just fallen in love for the first time with a woman, and I was still navigating my own stuff, while people were writing articles headlined: ‘Ellen Page’s sexuality sweepstake’. There was a tabloid magazine that I saw at every checkout, in every gas station, with a picture of me on the cover, and the question: ‘Is Ellen Page gay?’ It was very detrimental to my mental health.”

On how society has become more accepting of the LGBTQ community – but there is still a lot of work to be done: “I remember being in my early 20s and really believing it was impossible for me to come out. But, over time, with more representation, hearts and minds have been changed. It doesn’t happen quickly enough and it hasn’t happened enough, particularly for the most marginalized in the community. But things have got better.”

For more from Ellen, visit net-a-porter.com.

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