Empire’s Lee Daniels on Emmys Snub: 'Fuck These Motherfuckers'

Lee Daniels didn’t hold back his feelings when it came to the Emmys passing on Empire for the majority of their nomination categories. The show’s co-creator posted a vid of him and Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, having a friendly chat about Instagram etiquette. “Jussie is saying I have to be politically correct on Instagram or I’m going to get in trouble,” says Daniels. “You have to be nice!” jokes Smollett. “Fuck these motherfuckers!” Daniels exclaims.


The show wasn’t entirely ignored. For her role as as Empire’s HBIC Cookie Lyons, Taraji P. Henson received a nod for lead actress in a drama, reports Us Weekly. The costume department was also recognized in a much-deserved nomination.

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I love Empire! But even I have to admit it’s soapy and deliciously over-the-top. Certainly Henson was a stand-out and and deserves a nomination. Maybe Terrence Howard, depending on the competition field. Not sure any of the other performances deserve a first season nod, even if I did enjoy the show.