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.

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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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winglessvictory
WinglessVictory

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.